Professor Owl’s Book Corner #WATWB ~ Learning Challenged Now Teaching

Welcome to the “We are the World BlogFest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in  2017, this month marks our forty-eight opportunities to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate othersThe last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Eric Lahti( and Sylvia Stein (

 When I came across this article and video, I just had to share it, to me it is a wonderful step forward.

Those who know me can tell you how passionate I am about sharing positive information for and about young people with disabilities and learning challenges.  I was also a Literacy Tutor for many years and found it to be the most satisfying volunteer work I was involved with. 

A German university is training people who have mental disabilities or learning difficulties to become teachers. Those who complete the program will bring to their new profession a unique perspective based on their individual disability. A German university has developed a program that trains people who have mental disabilities or learning difficulties to become teachers — in areas that include social studies, medicine, design, and architecture. Those who complete the program will bring to the teaching profession a unique perspective that’s based on their individual disability. Our report follows seven men and women through the training program, which is sponsored by the Institute for Inclusive Education at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. All seven have worked at other jobs but felt that they were not living up to their full potential. This program is aimed at helping them to do just that. If they complete the training program, they will be hired as “education specialists,” and offered employment contracts similar to those of university lecturers or assistant professors. We’ll find out whether the program will improve the participants’ self-esteem, how they cope with the stress of learning a new profession, and whether they are accepted by their fellow students at the university.