Five teenagers stigmatized by being in Special Ed. struggle to articulate how their brains work and discover they are smarter than they thought. In a one-size-fits-all educational system, kids with learning disabilities suffer from lack of self-esteem. They become alienated and drop out. But the protagonists of ORIGINAL MINDS buck the trend. They work intensively with the filmmaker to tell their own stories. Their narratives reveal the unique approach to learning that each must discern and claim as his or her own if they are to succeed in the world.
One of the most insightful and inspiring videos I
have reviewed on learning and attention disorders
in adolescents. It provides an exceptional insider’s
view of what it is like to have learning difficulties.
— Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.,
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston