'I'm not afraid to talk about my experiences'

Steven Vitt talks about finding support, success at Landmark College, which serves students with various learning disabilities


Steven Vitt, 26, of Brighton, Mass., looks like and works just as hard as any other college student. In some ways, he's also worked harder.

On May 17, 2014, he graduated as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society with his associate of arts degree in liberal studies from Landmark College in Putney, Vt.

He then transferred to another college but it wasn't an ideal fit. Now, he's back at Landmark, where he gets the extra support he needs to be successful. The college, which has 475 students, is billed as being exclusively for those with diagnosed learning disabilities, attention disorders or autism. Vitt is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and a non-verbal learning disorder, or NVLD, which can affect a person's organizational, social, even motor skills.

"People have brains that may operate in some ways a little bit different than other people's but it doesn't make them a deficient person it just makes them unique, and I think that uniqueness is important in a lot of ways," said Vitt. "It strengthens my learning to be around people that aren't exactly like me."

Vitt's currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a minor in education.

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"I'm enjoying my life, I'm enjoying education," he said.

"I think it's important for kids or teenagers who are going through a tough time in school, whether it's high school or college, to just understand that you may be having a tough time now but that's not necessarily going to be the rest of your life," said Vitt. "There are people that are gonna want to help you, and with that help you're going to be able to succeed."

WATCH: Hear more from Steven Vitt in his own words in this video.

Kristopher Radder is a photographer with the Brattleboro Reformer. He can be reached at kradder@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 270.

Jenn Smith is a reporter with The Berkshire Eagle. She can be reached at jsmith@berkshireeagle.com, @JennSmith_Ink on Twitter or 413-496-6239.


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