Aja Capel: Teen with a Mission

Smart Kids: In talking about your learning challenges you coined the term “diffabilities.” What exactly does that mean? Aja Capel: As far as I’m concerned I do not have learning disabilities. “Dis” means lacking or without; therefore learning disabilities would… Read the rest

Aja Capel: Different Is Amazing

James Baldwin once said “a journey is called a journey because you cannot know what you will discover on the journey, what you will do with what you find, or what you find will do to you.” On my fantastic… Read the rest

Meet Our 2018 Youth Award Honorees

Each year Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honors a group of truly outstanding young people who, despite their learning challenges, are making a difference in their schools and communities through their remarkable achievements. Following are this year’s honorees: Fred J.… Read the rest

Striving for Diving

Five years ago, I would’ve never thought of myself as a “smart kid.” Since first grade, I’ve struggled with reading. Throughout elementary and middle school, I worked with resource teachers and private tutors. At first it wasn’t that bad because… Read the rest

2017 Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award Honorees

Meet the outstanding group of teens that took home honors at this year’s Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities annual spring gala. The awards recognize young people who, despite their learning challenges, have already accomplished great things, leaving an indelible mark… Read the rest