National Center for Learning Disabilities

Website link: National Center for Learning Disabilities

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(n.d.). Retrieved July 04, 2017, from http://www.ncld.org/

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an organization that aims to improve the lives of individuals with learning and attention difficulties by empowering those individuals, making positive changes to schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. The organization’s website has an entire tab dedicated to advocacy which give information about key policy recommendations, laws that effect individuals with learning disabilities, and accomplishments of advocates so far. In addition to the advocacy tab, there are tabs providing information about different programs available to parents, young adults, professionals, and educators. There are also links to reports and studies and information on how to donate to the organization.

Although I feel as if I should have known this statistic prior to my research, I learned that 1 in 5 people in the United States have either learning and/or attention issues. This is quite an alarming statistic considering that many learning disabled students go unidentified, especially in certain areas. I also learned that a program called Friends of Quinn, mentioned in my earliest blog post, is also actually a place where young adults with learning disabilities can go to access resources. This resource has contributed to my collection of online resources that can help individuals with disabilities learn to advocate for themselves.

Mind

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How to increase your self-esteem. (n.d.). Retrieved June 17, 2017, from https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-esteem/#.WUWBhTOZNPM

Mind is an organization whose website provides information, advice, and support to empower individuals experiencing mental health problems. The website has a myriad of resources including a page on information about self-esteem and other pages on related topics. The page explains that self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves and is a component of self-confidence. Although it is not a mental health problem, it is closely linked with many mental health issues and can stop individuals from having a good quality of life. Tips on improving self-esteem—including avoiding negative self-talk, learning to be assertive, and taking care of yourself—are provided along with elaborations and examples of each.

One thing I learned from this resource is that although some people believe that drinking and taking drugs can boost self-confidence, these are some of the factors listed that significantly contribute to a low-self confidence. I also learned several outside resources such as phone lines, email and texting services, and peer support groups that can be utilized by people interested in improving their self-esteem. This resource helps to answer my guiding question that asks for a thorough explanation on self-esteem and how it can be increased.