Palo Alto startup founder takes lessons from tragic accident

Declara builds personalized pathways to learning

In 1984, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver, a near-fatal accident that left the then-22-year-old U.S. Marine in a coma for 18 months.

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Posted by what?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 23, 2014 at 10:42 am

OORAH! Marine! Well Done!

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Posted by Judith Appleby
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:40 am

Hooray for you, Ramona. Everyone deserves a special education.

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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

Inspiring, awesome lady!

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Posted by So right
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I had a similar accident [portion removed] while I was a sophomore in college. Due to the. Usual problems this caused, I was placed on academic probation. Then, because do the slowness of the recovery, Stanford literally dropped me from their roster! Letters from doctors and physical therapists notwithstanding!

Thankfully, I was picked up immediately by Santa Clara Univeraity, which ended up being a more well-rounded education.

Years later, due to an Excessively long labor and delivery, I gave birth to a learning disabled child ( the long labor drastically lessened the amount of blood and oxygen the baby received), who had some mild brain damage. [Portion removed.]

We ended up prioritizing, moved to Palo Alto, and Voila! Our boy gets moved up one year immediately! This, and IEP adapted to his particular kind of learning problems, helped him succeed in school and get into a four-year college--something the teachers in the old neighborhood had told us to not even bother considering as a possibility!

IEP truly is individualized, and I suspect more people need it than get it. It is simply fact that everyone learns differently, and any physical or mental aberration in childhood, or even adulthood, can intensify and multiply the differences ( to say. Toning of genetics, prenatal care, etc)

Thanx to Ramona for bringing this to the headlines.

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