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    kaminpdx, Wee Mama

    The definition you quote

    In loose terms, a person with a cognitive disability has greater difficulty with one or more types of mental tasks than the average person.
    applies to every single person who is below average on some measure of some mental ability. Nobody is good at everything. Einstein said that he was autistic. The Rain Man character played by Dustin Hoffman was autistic, and at the same time had quite astonishing cognitive abilities, notably at counting. I am legally disabled with the grossly-misnamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I do not lack in attention when I find it appropriate, nor am I hyperactive. I refuse to sit still for guff, like many here at dKos, and the schools labeled me defective. So how did I get an honors degree out of Yale, hmmm?

    In particular, one of the results was that I nearly failed third grade for being able to spell. The tale goes like this, as my mother liked to explain she heard it from my classroom teacher. For four days each week, we had lists of words to copy multiple times and hand in. I never did. On Fridays we had a test on the words of that week. I got 100 almost every time, although we had a fight once over "gray" and "grey". The result was four 0s and a 100 each week, for an average…—at which point my teacher turned bright red and shut up, and my mother decided that I and my brother needed to go to a better school.

    Harvard psychiatrists Hallowell and Ratey, authors of Driven to Distraction and other books about ADHD, note that it usually includes hyperfocus, creativity, and compassion to degrees much higher than average. I wouldn't give mine up for anything.

    Then there is the use of "Republican" to mean "a few bricks short of a picnic", or "not the sharpest hammer in the bag", which I got from my son earlier today. My daughter once coined, "His alphabet doesn't run all the way from A to the top floor of the rocking chair," apropos of nobody in particular.

    Gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:34:21 PM PST

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