"Financial executive John Langeler’s life changed on the day his son Charlie was born. Unlike most parents who discover their child’s learning disability (LD) at least a few years into parenthood, Charlie’s struggle was apparent on day one. Doctors explained to John and his wife that Charlie had been born with a neurological condition that would result in severe LD. From that moment forward, John geared up and became an advocate for his son. Although some people are prone to think of mothers as the point person for LD decision-making and advocacy in the family, John always saw it as integral part of being a good father to Charlie.
Charlie graduated from the Threshold Program at Lesley University in 2010, and is now employed and living independently with a small group of young adults. John has taken his LD advocacy to the next level by advocating for all people with learning disabilities and difficulties as a member of NCLD's Board of Directors.
In this excerpt from NCLD Chairperson Emerita Anne Ford’s book “A Special Mother”, John looks back on the experience of raising Charlie and offers advice to fathers who are just beginning on the LD journey. John’s words are an inspiration for all parents and the NCLD team joins Charlie in wishing him a happy Father's Day. " (For more from “A Special Mother”, check out our Reader’s Guide to the book.)