Creator & Founder Shakira Rouse


Creator & Founder

My goal at special compass is to put a face to Learning Disabilities. I, like many of the students that we work with, went through a period of time where school made me anxious, nervous, frustrated and fearful. I could not grasp many of the concepts that other students seemed to pick up quickly – but, I had no clue as to why. What’s wrong with me? Why is everyone else so smart and I seem to be so stupid? These were the questions that floated through my mind day in and day out. Turning inwards, I began to judge myself. Weighing on my spirits, I sunk deeper into a feeling of hopelessness and eventually found it difficult to connect with others. 

While each experience is unique, the feelings that I went through are quite common for those of us who have Learning Disabilities. My goal is to create a program that can intercept the point at which students feel isolated and alone and create a network of resources that can help guide them to success.

In 2011, I graduated university with a BA in Hispanic Studies. Happy yet not satisfied, in 2013 I went back to school to finish my French degree and start a minor in Inclusive Education. Through my studies in Inclusive Education, I was finally able to put the missing pieces of the puzzle together in my life. After taking a course entitled, Learning Disabilities, I finally had a deeper understanding of what it is, why I experienced such a hard time in school, and most importantly how it affected the way I comprehended information. 

Now I am on a mission to make a difference in the education of those with learning challenges; to help ensure that no student has to relive the frustrations that I faced. It is my goal to help make learning fun not challenging.


Yong Black and Gifted

Young Black & Gifted
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NDI Day 2018 & 2017

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C5 Launch

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What Rule Do You Live By - Interview


Dr. Denise & Learning Disabilities Part 1, with Shakira Rouse

Dr. Denise & Learning Disabilities Part 2, with Shakira Rouse