Learning disabilities limit jobs

Focus on strengths, accommodate weaknesses
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/19/2007

In the 1970s, very little was known about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When Kevin Myers was in high school, he couldn’t sit still for more than 30 minutes. His teachers wouldn’t let him get up and walk around, so he would find ways to get himself sent to the principal’s office so he could take a walk.

Eventually his father told the vice-principal Myers would be a good student if the teachers just gave him the chance to stretch his legs when he needed it.

Myers, who is now the president of Ottawa-based HyperActive Productions, understands his own weaknesses, so during meetings he tells clients he needs to get up and do a couple of laps around the board table.