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Overcoming Medical Obstacles and Disabilities in School

Taking good notes during a fast-paced lecture can be tough for many new college students, but when Jordan Sherr Breslau ’17 (Chicago) shows up for class, she confronts an even steeper learning curve than many of her classmates.

Diagnosed with dyslexia at five, Breslau is also challenged by an auditory processing disorder that can effectively scramble a day’s lesson plan. “It’s like having a little computer glitch in my brain that sometimes makes me mishear what’s being said,” explains Breslau, an art history major with an urban studies concentration. “If someone says ‘look at that cat,’ I might hear ‘look at that hat.’ It might be just a small amount of information I miss at first, but over time it starts to pile up.”