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Beacon College launches TV show to help parents whose children learn differently

Parents raising children who learn differently can look forward to a digital safe place where their journeys are celebrated and supported through a new Beacon College-produced television program focused on families navigating neurodiversity.

The monthly show begins Aug 2, according to a news release from the nonprofit Leesburg liberal arts college, noted as America’s first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating neurodiverse students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.

“A World of Difference” is the title of the newsmagazine program to showcase inspirational stories of neurodiverse individuals and families and exploring the trials and triumphs involved in life with learning and attention issues. Neurodiversity is the scientifically-based view that brain differences like ADHD and autism are normal.

Episodes will examine issues along the developmental chart and provide viewers practical, actionable advice for negotiating challenges mostly from Beacon College experts.

The show’s “Ask the Experts segment” provides answers to viewers Zoom-ing in from around the globe.

Each episode closes with the aspirational “Difference Makers.” Candid, revealing interviews showcase famous and/or successful individuals who are thriving with learning disabilities or who stand as champions for individuals with learning disabilities.

“The show’s title resonates with multiple aspirational and inclusive meanings,” Darryl E. Owens, show creator and director of communication at Beacon College, says in the release. “At once, it alludes to the stark contrast, or the world of difference between what neurotypical and neurodiverse students need to succeed, the longed-for support or the world of difference wise counsel can make in improving viewers’ daily lives, and the realization that learning differences are global given roughly 10 percent of the world’s population lives with learning disabilities.”

A “World of Difference” premieres Aug. 2 on LakeFront TV.

“LakeFront TV is honored to team up with Beacon College to produce this new uplifting half-hour series,” adds Anna Marie Chwastiak, station manager for LakeFront TV, the public access channel in Lake County. “This is a great opportunity to profile this amazing Lake County college, tell the full story of neurodiversity, and profile real people who are successfully navigating through life with these conditions. Our goal is to inspire folks to live life to its fullest.”

The show’s debut helps gear up students with learning differences from kindergarten to college for a successful return to campus after the twin challenges of the months-long COVID-19 cocoon and the notorious summer learning slide.

September’s episode marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

LakeFront TV reaches cable television customers in Lake County and The Villages retirement community on Xfinitiy channel 22, Prism 21 (HD1021) while the coverage map goes from Kissimmee-St. Cloud to Gainesville, and Spectrum 497. The show is available everywhere via live streaming on LakeFront TV’s web site or Apple TV and Roku by downloading the free CableCast App.

Viewers can also catch the program on Beacon College’s Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn channels or on the “A World of Difference” page on the Beacon College website,

Families interested in sharing their journey with viewers or participating in the “Ask the Experts” segment can sign up at


Founded in 1989, Beacon College is the first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating primarily students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. Ranked No. 1 in Best Value Schools’ 2019 rankings of 20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, Beacon College is recognized nationally as a preeminent institution for accommodating and preparing students who learn differently to prosper in a global economy.