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Making the Grade is a powerful illustration of the problems and frustrations of living with a learning disability. Like many people with a learning disability, Dayle Upham had experienced academic and professional failure. Yet somehow she found the inner strength to persevere and ultimately obtain a Ph.D. in special education. What is that strength? How did she find it? And shat strategies did she develop to help her cope? These are some of the questions addressed in this poignant account.
1. Early Childhood: Putting Order in My Life
Elementary School: Learning I Am Different
Junior High School: Disappointment and Discovery
High School: Becoming an Expert at Deception
Employment: Protecting Myself from the Inside
The College Years: Creating File Cabinets in my Sleep
Letter to Self: The Road to the Dream
Letter to Self: Tired of the Fight
Letter to Self: I Am not Sure I Like Myself or You
Letter to Self: I Am Always the One Who Has To Change
The Intervening Years: Awarded a Ph.D., Now What?
A University Professor: Setting New Goals