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Focusing on ability rather than disability promotes academic success.

In his studies of childhood risks and adversities, Katz (1997) suggests that young people can minimize the effects of disabilities and other risk factors by "learning to see one's adversities in a new light." Individuals who overcome earlier adversities are often able to define themselves more around their multiple talents than around their areas of vulnerability. Being able to showcase their talents and have them valued by those who are important to them helps them define their identities around that which they do best.

Katz, M. (1997). On playing a poor hand well: Insights from the lives of those who have overcome childhood risks and adversities. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., Inc.