Growing Up with a Learning Disability

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

As a child Quinn Bradlee suffered from a battery of illnesses and was eventually diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, a widespread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities. He’s written a memoir about his experience, A Different Life. We’ll also be joined by his mom, Sally Quinn.


Quinn Bradlee and Sally Quinn

Comments [7]

B. C. from Manhattan

It seems the late birth is linked to this kids list of diseases. I like the kid when he spoke about changing the term learning difficulty to learning difference. Lets create more vague terms to not offend anybody.

Apr. 21 2009 07:47 PM
anonyme from new york, NY

Quinn you sound wonderful.

Apr. 21 2009 03:28 PM

She had her kid when she was 41. Did having a child at such a late age back then cause this problem?

Apr. 21 2009 01:00 PM

First Joe Queenan and now this guy. I have to say listening to this kid is very inspiring not just to those who have a disability but to those who have the gift of health and no disabilities.

I ain't gonna complain about anything.

I am curious though:

1) Do you find yourself more motivated than those who are healthy?

2) Do you ever hear any of your non-disabled friends complain about their problems and feel like telling them to shut up?

Apr. 21 2009 12:57 PM
jeff from nyc

i'm not fat, but... why are fat people automatically associated with being 'losers'? to hear this association/label pop-up in this sort of conversation about promoting tolerance a little messed-up.

Apr. 21 2009 12:53 PM
jeremy stone from ny, ny

this woman sounds absolutely cold and cruel...completely lacking in empathy...talking about her son in the third person in such a profoundly clinical and almost condescending way. "can't find his way out of a paper bag." wow, i'd be pretty furious at my mother if she talked about me like that with anyone, much less on the radio!

Apr. 21 2009 12:51 PM
kyle from CT.

Who finally made the correct diagnosis?

Apr. 21 2009 12:49 PM

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