We’re Not Stupid: Living with a Learning Difference

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We’re Not Stupid is an insightful and very personal video that gives a voice to people who are struggling with learning disabilities. It was made by filmmaker Fonya Naomi Mondell, who is also living with learning differences.

The filmmaker captures the personal stories of young people from all walks of life who discuss what it’s like to live with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. Their comments are open, honest and direct, and their determination to manage their conditions shines through.

We’re Not Stupid is a must see for students with learning differences and educators wanting to make a difference in their lives.

Time: 14 minutes
Ideal For: Staff Development, Special Education Departments,
Parents, Students, Athletic Coaches, Counselors


“Their brief, forceful statements add up to a crash course in empowerment.”
The Met , Dallas/Ft. Worth Weekly

“I got called lazy. I got called slow. I was told I couldn’t be more than an auto mechanic or a truck driver. That’s all I would ever be…and I’m out to get something better than that for me.” – 19 year old student
“This film moved me to tears. It made me realize we don’t involve the most important persons in the decisions being made: the child.” – Judy Sullivan, Priority School Instructional Liaison, Richardson (TX) Independent School District

Finally, a poignant documentary that speaks to the experiences of students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder in the education system. This concise and evocative video presents educators the opportunity to hear students talk about the impact on their lives when the educational system has not been receptive to their needs.” – Dr. Lynda J. Katz, Ph.D., President, Landmark College, Putney, VT