In this episode, Alec talks to spoken-word poet and disability rights advocate Lederick Horne about getting diagnosed with a learning disability in third grade and spending the rest of his K-12 education in segregated classrooms, and about what SHOULD have happened instead. The conversation ranges from riding the short bus to the watching the Simpsons, and ends with Lederick’s experience in college – and why he’s a huge supporter of community colleges.
You can learn more about all the awesome work LeDerick Horne is doing at his website, lederick.com
The poem at the start of the episode is called “New Beginning”. You can hear it on LeDerick Horne’s first album, Rhyme Reason and Song. You can also see LeDerick performing it here.
LeDerick’s book, which he wrote with Margaret Vreeburg Izzo, is called Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success.