Don Johnston's "Building Wings"
Don Johnston Communities
Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Universal Design for Learning
Learning is For Life
We asked some people who are doing some pretty amazing things what they needed to learn to do what they do (and what they continue to learn today). Along the way, we found out something remarkable. The things they needed to learn started when they were young but didn’t stop there. Learning how to learn was the first step, and it was often a challenge. Breaking through that barrier opened up their lives to so much more.
We make our tools to better human learning because we believe that learning isn’t the endgame—it’s just the beginning. If we can help lift barriers to learning, we can open up possibilities for life. With the right learning tools, the world is at hand.
“For me, I go, ‘ok, what else can I learn,’ do I want to learn tennis, do I want to learn to play the drums, do I want to learn a new sort of artform... Ultimately, I think, the thing our society needs to do is to help provide tools for people to explore and learn things”.
“Being able to communicate visually, not verbally, that’s my favorite thing about what I do...”
“How can I take 5 hours of video and compress it down to a single spot. How can I be more creative, How can I collaborate better with other people - learning and collaborating- that’s the number one thing I love about photography. ”
“I had learning disabilities and I think somehow I knew intuitively that they were abilities - to put me on a different strategy - to learn how to figure something out”
“I was good at math, in Nigeria. So they put me in an advanced math class here. But when you can’t understand 80% of the things your teacher is saying, it kind of makes it hard to follow along”
Kristina majored in Political Science and works now as a Baker. She uses her education as part of a pattern of volunteerism that promotes human rights and dignity through access to food.