Sheree A. Bradford-Lea (SABL)
Cartoonist, Provider of Happy Arts,
M.A. Psychology
'Cures for a
Crabby Day'
Awareness Day Is
August 13th
Learning Is A
Natural Thing

Welcome to The Latest Left-Handed Lowdown Newsletter!

The Left-Handed Lowdown was formed to examine old, incorrect information about left-handedness; examine new,
correct information; use the true information to give support and options; and share effective teaching tips.
A new Left-Handed Lowdown is published on this site about once a month.

This researched information is not only for the at least 1 in 8 wonderful people who are part of the left-handed group;
it is also to inform wonderful right-handed people. The Left-Handed Lowdown provides information hand over fist!

Interviews About
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CBC Radio 91.5 FM 'All In A
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The Three A's For Success, and Left-Handed Difference Needs
Please note: Have fun, but don't copy. All cartoons, other artwork and content contained on this website are the creations of
Sheree Bradford-Lea, copyright 2018, for viewing enjoyment only, on this site only. For all inquiries please
Contact Me.
Acknowlege. Acknowledge that the left-handed difference is genetic, and present in a sizable minority of any population. Acknowledge
that the needs ofleft-handed people are just as valid as the needs of right-handed people.

Accept. Accept that this difference has not in the past been treated respectfully. Accept that it now must be treated respectfully and
accommodated in a real and ongoing manner.

Accommodate. Recognize the many areas where the left-handed difference is not accommodated, and take the necessary steps to
change this, so that left-handed and right-handed people are treated equally.

It isn't just many right-handed people who have to recognize the three A's for left-handed people, some left-handed people do too. Just
as with any other group that has had historical and ongoing unequal treatment, it can be difficult to actually identify needs--the
unequally treated group members are used to minimizing or even denying any difficulties they are having, in an effort to fit in with the
more powerful, accepted group members.

Here are some examples of day to day issues faced by left-handed people.

I've had children tell me how they came up with solutions to working with binders (which cause a left-handed student's hand to perform
constant hurdles over the rings), such as turning them upside down to write on the paper comfortably. And how their teacher then
publicly chastised them for 'fooling around', and gave them zero on their assignment. Other children have told me how they have picked
up a stringed instrument to play left-handed, only to have their teacher silently shift their hands around to play right-handed, doing this
over and over until the child stops resisting. And still others who don't know why the tools in school don't seem to work well, but when
they complain they're told it's 'just them', there is clearly no problem with the tools. These are only a few examples. And then there are
adults, telling me how they were denied adult music lessons, because the teacher told them left-handed playing was nonsense,others
who have long term disabilities because of the continuing lack of accommodating office equipment, people denied positions in baseball,
people not given adequate sports practice time, people unable to find tools in stores and told it's too much trouble to order them, people
told they should just work right-handed--or at least
try that first. Again, these are just a few examples.

Every single one of these people is valuable, and every single one of them did not receive the three A's, even when they asked for them.

So what's to be done so that left-handed people get the same three A's right-handed people get now?
Left-handed people have to keep talking and make this public, tell everyone when treatment is unequal, even if at first the people being
talked to are not prepared to accept a left-handed difference as real or worthy of respect.

This might mean filing grievances, speaking up on social media, writing articles, talking to each other, talking to politicians, talking to
teachers, family members, friends, manufacturers, continuing to take this issue to public forums and not give up.

Understand that left-handed people will always be in the minority of the population, get used to the sound of a few voices speaking out
as important minority voices. Speak up for other left-handed people too.

Refuse to be talked out of left-handed difference needs by people who are still adhering to old, disrespectful thinking. And keep in mind
left-handed people are not all the same--for example, just because one left-handed person doesn't have a problem with right-handed
scissors doesn't mean this isn't a problem for another left-handed person.

Refuse to be silenced. Refuse to be 'switched' to right-handed for tasks.

Refuse to stay silent when someone says belittling comments like: "Left-handed people look so awkward".

Who knows? Maybe issues like the one in the cartoon below will very soon be a thing of the past, let's hope so.
The three A's for success are: Acknowledge, Accept, and Accommodate. But do these really happen when it comes to the needs of
left-handed people?

At this point, it's still variable, even in Canada, in spite of the recent passing of Bill S-201. Left-handed people tend to still be given
arguments when they ask for a tool or instruction that accommodates their left-handed difference, told they can't have tools for their
learning difference, told their left-handed learning needs aren't important, or even told there really isn't any difference between
left-handness and right-handedness (so learn right-handed only).

That's wrong, and based on old thinking, the 'it's a right-handed world' nonsense: The thinking that right-handedness was genetic, to be
encouraged, and good, and left-handedness was not genetic, to be discouraged, and bad. You'd think this kind of old, wrong thinking
would be gone long ago, but it isn't, and as a result unequal, disrespectful treatment still exists. Left-handed difference needs is one of
the last areas to be addressed, but it's no less important than the needs of any other group.  Every person is valuable as they are and
every person deserves the maximum help to reach their full potential of success.

So what does that mean in terms of the three A's?
And don't forget, there are right-handed allies out there! Right-handed people might not always understand at first, but most will be
happy to help make things equal once they're made aware. I've had talks with right-handed people eager to understand, be involved and
help. Much like the 'Hamtero' theme song says: "When we work together, it's much better"!