Articles by Amy Temple
Monday, January 20, 2020
A few weeks ago, I applied for a job as a freelance proofreader for a proofreading company. Before I go on, let me say that I am experienced in this field. I recently proofread "My Heart Speaks," a book of poetry written by Ernest Roberson Sr. I participated in the Business Professionals of America's district contest in high school, where I placed in the top 10 of the administrative assisting and proofreading/editing competitions. So, I didn't go into this opportunity totally blind. I was sent a sample essay to proofread — obviously to show my skills — and I honestly thought I did pretty well.
Monday, December 09, 2019
As we reach the end of another year, a lot of time is being spent in reflection over the events that have occurred in our lives. For me, I have learned a lot of crucial lessons about myself and life in general. This spring, I finally worked up the courage to quit a job working for a longtime client in my dog-sitting business because of a toxic work environment. I joined LinkedIn and met wonderful people who have provided me with numerous opportunities to grow in my writing career. I would not have been able to do any of this if I still had a bubble up and didn't take chances.
Monday, November 04, 2019
For the past year, you have read about my experiences living with learning disabilities. I have shared moments of being bullied and harassed in school, and being discriminated against and rejected by family members, prospective employers and society as a whole because of my condition. I have described my feelings of anger and bitterness over the mistreatment, but I honestly felt so much worse than that. I didn't trust anyone. I'm sure I missed out on great opportunities and relationships because I was so afraid of getting hurt.
Monday, September 30, 2019
In 2006, shortly after moving to Florida, I was hired as a dog sitter for a couple who were living in the same residential community as me. They had the cutest Boston terrier with the calmest disposition I had ever seen in a dog. It was the perfect job. I could set my own hours and the pay was pretty good. However, the couple's true colors began to show shortly after. I think my learning disabilities were the reasoning behind the couple's behavior. They often talked down to me.
Monday, August 26, 2019
I am so tired of being discriminated against because I have learning disabilities. I can't help it! This is how I was made! What’s the big deal about learning disabilities anyway? It's a pretty common condition for someone to have. A lot of celebrities have come out saying that they struggle with LDs: Henry Winkler, Patrick Dempsey, and Tom Cruise... to name a few. Look at how well they are doing! I am not seeking fame and fortune, but I am simply looking for some respect!
Monday, July 29, 2019
I'm sitting here writing this to you to proclaim that I am a survivor of bullying and harassment. I can very easily say junior high school were the worst two years of my life. Every day, I endured horrible name-calling, taunting, pushing and physical threats. I remember being so scared walking down the halls in between classes that I would huddle up against the wall, clutching my bookbag. I would often go home sick.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Not that long ago, a relative talked down to me, and I was livid! Let me rephrase that…I was beyond livid! I came this close to telling this individual to stick it up their you-know-where! This person thought that they would just decide something for me without even consulting. Then, they had the gall to say, "Is that all right, Amy?" Well, no! It's not! I have dealt with this numerous times with certain members of my family. I don't know what it is. They must equate my condition with a lack of intelligence. Who knows?
Friday, April 26, 2019
I have learning disabilities. There...I said it. Was it hard? No, not at all. You wouldn’t know by looking at me. I don’t carry a neon sign above my head with an arrow pointing down and the words learning-disabled flashing continuously. I didn’t have cards made up with the words, "My name is Amy Temple. I have learning disabilities," so I could pass them around to whoever would care. I also have fine motor skills issues, which is pretty common for people with learning disabilities.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
For the past few months, I have been sharing my story about what it is like living with learning disabilities and the difficulties I have had to face. I have most definitely had my fair share of rejections over something that I have no control over, and that left me bitter and hurt for years. I wasted a lot of time being upset because society decided that I wasn't worth it. This month, I wish to pass on some wisdom that I have learned over the past 35 years. To begin with, I am going to share with you a piece of advice that my parents shared with me years ago.
Monday, February 04, 2019
I have been living with learning disabilities for most of my life. It's who I am. My parents have never tried to protect me from the harshness of life. I learned at a pretty young age that there are going to be some people who are going to take one look at you and just instantly reject you, especially if you are learning-disabled. As accepting as I am about my learning disabilities, I went through a very long period where I sought other people's approval.
Monday, December 10, 2018
I have lived with learning disabilities for over 30 years now and not once have I wished to be anything other than who I am. I have dealt with "medical professionals" who told my parents that I wouldn't amount to much because of my learning disabilities. In a nutshell, I wasn't going to be worth anything! I have dealt with potential employers who have not been too sure of how to treat me when discovering my condition. I remember one in particular who was very hesitant in taking my resume.
Monday, October 22, 2018
"What is it like living with learning disabilities?" some of you might be asking. Do I wish I were any different? Do I complain about why I have these difficulties learning? In all honesty, no... I don't. I fully accept my learning disabilities. I always have. Besides... what could I do about it anyway? The thing that I have personally experienced and seen is the — dare I say — ignorance from others about learning disabilities.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Hi, everyone. Now before I begin, I am going to give you all a head's up and let you know this is not going to be the typical article that you are probably used to reading here, but bear with me... I have quite the story to tell. My name is Amy Temple and I have learning disabilities. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old, but before that, a few members of the medical community sure did try to figure out what was wrong with me. I mean...there had to be something!