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Joshua Norris – Overcoming Disabilities One Goal at a Time

The story of Joshua Norris is one of great courage, focus and generosity. Born with learning disabilities, he struggled both with schoolwork and with making friends. But day by day, he has had the courage and perseverance to overcome his challenges.

Now, Joshua has among the highest grades in his entire school! And he also puts great focus on helping others in need.

Recently, he was honored by the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds® program as someone who has “overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and shown leadership in their communities”.

Watch Joshua’s story below and no doubt you will be inspired!


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Topics for Discussion:

  • What character traits does Joshua portray?  How do they help him succeed?
  • Do you find Joshua to be an inspiring person?  Why?
  • How does your mindset towards school and your community differ from Joshua’s?  Are there any lessons you can learn from him?

Take Action:

  • Think about a big goal that you have.  It could be for school, for family, or any other important area of your life.  Write it down, using this goal worksheet or create your own worksheet.  Keep track of your progress, stick with it and reward yourself when you have completed it.  Keep doing this and you will be surprised at how much you can achieve.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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