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From Dr Maryanne Wolf:
"...so often these are brains that are wired to see spatial patterns, to see the big picture, to go outside of the box, to think holistically. Often they're artists, they're architects and yeah, that same advantage or set of advantages which made them before literacy, our generals, out builders, a lot of our great figures, that made a disadvantage at the same time for some of the wiring that goes into left hemisphere language processes.
Now the real, if, if you wanna know my real task in life, it's to re-conceptualize or to help re-conceptualize dyslexia from being thought of as a deficit or something wrong with the brain, to realizing this is an extraordinary and beautiful brain that we have failed as an educational system to know how to teach easily when it comes to reading. But that is the failure, not the child, but of us to understand..."
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Thanks @denveracademy for a great updated list of LD Friendly Colleges and resources for College and Transition #dyslexia #dyslexic #college #ld http://www.denveracademy.org/document.doc?id=15
"My dyslexia enables me to push my students beyond linear thinking... I see my dyslexia positively as a mechanism that helps my students to see the bigger picture."
"My dyslexia enables me to push my students beyond linear thinking... I see my dyslexia positively as a mechanism that helps my students to see the bigger picture." -award winning dyslexic med school lecturer Judith Williams
Excerpt: "In my junior academic years, I suffered from imposter syndrome – the feeling that you are inadequate and one step away from being exposed – and used to spend hours preparing everything so not be tripped up or caught out...
I thought preparation would give me confidence, especially when teaching. Instead it limited and fought against my natural interactive and experiential style of teaching. By swallowing my pride and being open about my dyslexia, I'm now able to deliver fluid, flexible and – I hope – dynamic teaching.
I will never stop having what has been described by many teachers as truly imaginative spellings. I often alter words, accidently, of course, and totally unaware of the highly suggestive alternatives that cause riotous laughter...
Now I realise that this creativity is one of my strengths (and all through life I thought of it as a weakness). I will never be able to guarantee a teaching session with correct spellings and perfect grammar but my dyslexia enables me to push my students beyond linear thinking. I find it easy to make connections, pull together concepts and knowledge. In this way, I see my dyslexia positively as a mechanism that helps my students to see the bigger picture."
Hooray for you Prof Williams!
Read more: http://bit.ly/H1LwdW
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Adam Norris, a former director at broker Hargreaves Lansdown and dyslexic himself, set up Horatio Investments in 2010. It has £100million to invest in start-ups.
Excerpt:" Norris, 42, said: ‘Many people at the very top of business have dyslexia, but dyslexics are often turned away or fail to push on because of their difficulty in learning to read or interpret words.
‘However, dyslexics are often astute at creating ideas and have remarkable vision, while their work ethic to overcome their issue often sets them apart.’ "
Would love to have Adam talk to dyslexic VCs here in the US. He really has vision. Powerful idea - more dyslexics helping dyslexics.
A spokesman for the Government’s top-secret electronic eavesdropping station in Cheltenham, pictured, said last night that some of their most talented code-breakers have difficulty in learning to read or interpreting words.
Excerpt: "Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, said: ‘Part of my job is to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility.’
Adrian Culley, a cyber expert and former Scotland Yard computer crime detective, said: ‘Dyslexic people have the ability of seeing codes with patterns, repetitions and omissions.
'Dyslexia may in other circumstances be regarded as negative – but most people only get to see the full jigsaw picture when it’s nearly finished while dyslexic cryptographists can see what the jigsaw puzzle looks like with just two pieces.’ "
Too cool. Probably why there are so many dyslexics in fields such as internet security and white hat hacking.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362793/Dyslexia-Britains-secret-weapon-spy-war-Top-codebreakers-crack-complex-problems-suffer-condition.html#ixzz2Yz8BkJVz
From our good friends, Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
"Last week MPs on the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee praised steps taken by spy chiefs to harness the skills of dyslexic code-breakers.
The threat to the UK from cyber attacks, according to the report, is at its ‘highest level ever’ and is ‘disturbing’ in its scale and complexity.
Sufferer: Some of the world's greatest thinkers, including Albert Einstein, pictured, had dyslexia
The MPs said the Cheltenham-based agency had set up a Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Support Group, which provides ‘mentoring and practical support to individuals’.
A GCHQ spokesman said some of their most talented code-breakers were affected: ‘They are very creative but may need support, including adjustments in the workplace, such as IT tools and computer software, or [reductions] in their working hours.’
In a speech last year, Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, said: ‘Part of my job is to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362793/Dyslexia-Britains-secret-weapon-spy-war-Top-codebreakers-crack-complex-problems-suffer-condition.html#ixzz2djru8FRw Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Nice to see recognition of those who may struggle academically but be highly skills at analysing and assessing information.
"I decided to use the oral accounts because I am painfully dyslexic. And when I was growing up, audio books were the only way I could study. And one audio book that I listened to just for pleasure was Studs Terkel's The Good War, and that book never left me. And I wanted that to be the template for describing a global crisis, because I thought an oral history is a great way to bring in so many voices, literally, from all around the world."
Max Brooks: "When I was 16, the first book I ever actually purchased with my own money, in fact, and had read on my own time was Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. ... It opened up a world into geopolitics, which continues to drive me to this day. And I would never have done that had I just listened to my current events class."
Novels are often a great mind playground for dyslexic thinkers. From Wikipedia: "Brooks conducted copious research while writing World War Z to make the novel as realistic as possible. The technology, politics, economics, culture, and military tactics were based on a variety of reference books and consultations with expert sources. Brooks also cites the U.S. Army as a reference on firearm statistics."
Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.
Psychologist Michael Ryan and his tips for strengthening self image: recognizing MIND strengths, identifying passions and interests, and encouragement.
"...improving one’s self-image involves three things: identifying advantages, nurturing passions, and encouragement."
Dr. Ryan's advice ring completely true.
"The contribution of supportive and significant adults in a child’s life to encourage a child’s interests and endeavors cannot be overestimated. Recognizing and praising the child’s accomplishments is only part of this process. It is important to complement specific characteristics of the child’s performance, considering the process rather than simply the end product. Using phrases like, “I love the way you use the color red in this picture,” or “You really shot ahead in the last hundred yards of that race, you must’ve been exhausted,” or “You must feel proud of….” builds confidence in children.
Finally, it is equally important for the adults in the child’s life to not only recognize their accomplishments but to also be involved. This may mean attending sporting events, playing video games, or helping to fix mini-bikes. It can be difficult for parents who do not share their child’s interest, but it’s important to find a way to generate that interest, for example, taking pictures of your child’s track meet. And rather than worry about the video games, keep in mind that these games are simply complex computer programs and may pique a child’s interest in becoming a computer programmer. Rap music often involves complex recording techniques that can foster an interest in technology and even help the child understand set theory.
If dyslexic child grows up with a positive self-image, a supportive and caring environment, and an understanding of their advantages, there are few goals the individual cannot attain.
This is good information. Finding a way to connect with your child's interests can sometimes be challenging...but it's essential. Praising just enough and using the right words for the moment is an art form.
After years at school feeling failure every hour of every day - building self-esteem is vital.
Steve Mcqueen was dyslexic and partially deaf.
He often performed his own stunt-driving in films like The Great Escape, where he can be seen both as himself and, with clever editing, as his Nazi pursuers.
He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Didn't know Steve McQueen (Magnificent Seven, Great Escape) was dyslexic. He had a difficult early life - the school things, but also a troubled home. He ultimately joined the Marines and had some troubles there (41 days in the brig!) but focused himself and dedicated himself to self-improvement. He would ultimately save the lives of 5 other marines in the Artic and protect the president. The GI Bill helped him study acting.
McQueen was an avid race car driver and motorcyclist.
To read more about McQueen's life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_McQueen
Who knew! I love his movies!-Lou
"Dyslexia forced me to develop powers of concentration that have been invaluable throughout my career in business, philanthropy, and public life."
Children's book and young adult author Kate Scott reflects on her dyslexia and Nelson Rockefeller's letter to dyslexic children in her blog. Pretty cool that she's able to write about a dyslexic teen who is read this letter.
"In the novel, she is read an excerpt of this same letter that inspired me so much as a child."
Excerpt from a letter written by Nelson Rockerfeller:
" ....Looking back over the years, I remember vividly the pain and mortification I felt as a boy of 8, when I was assigned to read a short passage of Scripture at a community vesper service during summer vacation in Main—and did a thoroughly miserable job of it.I know what a dyslexic child goes through—the frustration of not being able to do what other children co easily, the humiliation of being thought not too bright when such is not the case at all.My personal discoveries as to what is required to cope with dyslexia could be summarized in these admonitions to the individual dyslexic:- Accept the fact that you have a problem—don’t just try to hide it.- Refuse to feel sorry for yourself.- Realize that you don’t have an excuse—you have a challenge.- Face the challenge.- Work harder and learn mental discipline—the capacity for total concentration—and- Never Quit...."
I like this blog and this article quoting Rockefeller's letter is really goood.
You have two options: 1) Give up.2) Try to find a solution.
"...The life of a dyslexic is full of such challenges. Finding answers to problems that aren’t problems to anyone else. Learning to battle, to try harder, to mistrust the way things have always been done, to always look beyond the obvious, to find a new path that no one else has seen."
From Rod's bio: "As a dyslexic, becoming a novelist wasn't an obvious career choice. But as an obsessive communicator and dreamer up of stories, not writing wasn't an option."
To read more of Rod's reflections on being dyslexic, click here.
Rod Duncan writes:
"1) The proportion of the prison population in the UK who are dyslexic is far higher than the proportion of the general population who are dyslexic. In other words, something is making it more likely for dyslexics to end up in prison than non-dyslexics.2) The proportion of entrepreneurial business leaders who are dyslexic is far higher than the proportion of dyslexics in the general population. In other words, something is making it more likely for dyslexics to become successful entrepreneurs. What condition could predispose people to two such opposite outcomes? A condition that makes it hard for the individual to function in the same way as the bulk of society.....
The PE teacher shouts to the class. Everyone put your right foot forward and your left foot back. The dyslexic kid gets it wrong. Again. Hasn’t he been listening? Are you lazy? Careless? Obstructive? Are you deaf? The child is concentrating hard, trying to figure out a method for remembering the names to these two sides. The teacher couldn’t teach a method, even if he recognised the problem. The teacher doesn’t have a method to remember left from right. He doesn’t need one..."
We all need to understand our individual brain "style". The insights of people with dyslexia are invaluable to self-understanding.
"I have a way when I light a scene - I can see it in my mind..." - Cinematographer Larry Banks
Just had a wonderful talk with Filmmaker Larry Banks will be joining us at our dyslexic conference in the Spring. Larry had his start in film initially working as an electrician, then becoming Director of Photography working with such notable directors such as Spike Lee.
We talked with Larry a great deal about the upside of dyslexia, and Larry told us about how when he reads scripts, he can visualize precisely how scenes are lit in ways that surprise some co-workers ("How do you get things to work without a light meter?").
Now Larry is chairman of Media Arts at Long Island University, where he shares his dyslexia story with many dyslexic film students in his department, providing practical advice as well as inspiration. We're looking forward to hearing more about his planned sabbatical project looking at the lives of adult dyslexics using multimedia, text, and the web.
In a new book about the Jony Ive ("the genius behind Apple's greatest products"), the author talks about his dyslexia.
From NYT interview with the Ives' biographer: "one of the most insightful things, one of the things that I found most fascinating, was that Jony Ive is dyslexic. But one thing I noticed, that no one has ever made clear, is that he’s always been very tactile. He loves to touch things. One of his first products, when he was a student working as an intern for a design company, was a pen that you could fiddle with, and they had what they called it “the fiddle factor.” He knew people fiddle with pens."
We also liked this:
"He was a design prodigy. He’s been obsessed with design since he was a kid. His dad — people say that he is a silversmith. But he was actually a designer — he was an education reformer. He specialized in design education in the U.K.
So he and his son were a couple of design nuts. They used to walk around looking at everything in the street, talking about the lampposts and why they were designed the way they were, and would they work in the rain or in the fog..."
Great dyslexia practice guide for faculty and staff in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) disciplines from the Institute of Physics.
Author Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, "David and Goliath," explains why underdogs can win -- if they realize they're not really underdogs.
Listen to Malcolm Gladwell on David Boies' dyslexia and his latest book David and Goliath http://bit.ly/1chiSQy
Excerpt: "Why do we return again and again to the subject of seemingly lopsided conflicts? So one, I wanted to explain that obsession. And two, I thought the ways in which we misread these conflicts are symptomatic of something deeper, which is I don't think that we have a good sense of what an advantage really is. Or a disadvantage. We have those categories mixed up, and I wanted to kind of sort through them and say, 'Things that we have thought were real advantages actually aren't, and things that we think of as overwhelming obstacles actually are incredibly useful.'"
On the success of David Boies, a trial lawyer diagnosed with dyslexia:
"Here we have one of the greatest lawyers in the country, and he is profoundly dyslexic. He reads basically one book a year. He finds reading difficult and painful. Think about that for a moment, he's a lawyer! He's in a profession that has reading at its absolute core. When I talked to him, I said, 'How did you become such a successful lawyer in spite of this disability?' And he said, 'not in spite, I became a successful lawyer because of this so-called disability.' And he explained to me how he spent his life compensating for this."
"He learned how to listen, and he also developed an extraordinary memory. So he would sit in school, and he didn't take notes, he sat and listened to the teacher and remembered everything that was said. Those two skills turned out to be far more useful than you'd think in getting through school, but more importantly, when he becomes a trial lawyer, what's being a great trial lawyer all about? It's about listening very closely to what the person you're cross-examining is saying and being able to summon that in the moment. So he's famous for confronting the witness and saying, 'Three days ago, you said the following thing.' He'd been working on those skills his entire life." "
Looks like a good read!!
Ennis William Cosby was dyslexic. As a boy, he struggled to learn in school. And he didn't know why. Eventually, Ennis came to understand that he simply lear...
Watch it! This is a beautiful movie about dyslexia, learning differences, and dyslexic advantages that Ennis Cosby had - like having a heart for helping other people and being a sensitive and perceptive teacher.
"Dyslexic but precocious, Hart was messing with algorithms while other kids were fumbling with Lego. He plowed through the U of I in two years, graduating first in his class with a self-created major in man-machine interfaces..." -
"I have the kind of self-confidence that allows me to release all sorts of mistakes to the outside world. . .I am dyslexic, but if you think I am going to run this through a spellchecker, sorry. . .I would rather work more with that time and energy on the books. . .that's my REAL goal. . ." - Michael Hart, dyslexic, inventor of Ebooks and Project Gutenberg
Hart's parents were both government codebreakers in WWII. Dad was a professor of Shakespeare and CPA, while mom was a math and education professor who also ran a women's clothing store. He saw himself as a an electronic Johnny Appleseed by sowing the Internet with books that were available past copyright.
Great quotes from Michael Hart:
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."
Michael Hart and Project Gutenberg at Wired
Other references: Slashdot, Michael Hart on Wikipedia, Project Gutenberg
"If my AP psychology teacher did not lecture on dyslexia but instead made us learn solely from our text, I probably would have never figured out I was dyslexic since I would have missed the book's main points given my difficulty reading. But since 40 million American Adults are dyslexic, but only 2 million people know it..."
"I always ask people how to spell words, and often people respond by sounding the word out for me like k-aa-t. I never understood why that made sense, but I would just pretend like it helped. Why couldn't they just say, " C, A, T"...When I read books and I had no clue how to pronounce the name of the characters I simply made up new names. When people heard I read a book, they would talk to me about the characters and I would have no clue who they were talking about."
A lot of people would find it unbelievable that a student who could graduate from Harvard would not what it meant to sound out the letters in 'cat', but that's a huge part of dyslexia not being recognized. The combination of high intellectual abiity with unexplained difficulties sounding out words and reading is the classic presentation of dyslexia.
We're hoping to get a chance to talk to Hena and invite her to give a webinar. Check out her wonderful post here: http://www.limeconnect.com/blog/detail/spotlight-on-our-network-what-its-like-to-be-dyslexic
The more dyslexic people speak out about what it's like - the better for everyone.
Thank You John Rodrigues!
High School Dropout to Harvard Book Give-Away
Author John Rodrigues has generously offered to give away free copies of his book (paperback and ebook) to members of our Dyslexic Advantage community. He's also kindly offered to hold a Question & Answer webinar in our new webroom at Dyslexic Advantage. Look for sign-ups in July.
"I had a very rough time in my early schooling and I want to help other dyslexics not have to go through the same thing that I did." - author and teacher John Rodrigues
John is also happy to write an inscription in the book to whomever you choose.
For additional books, John's book can be purchased here.
Sign-Up and request a personalized dedication here: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1510253-4sGtFozk5x
Happy Mother's Day to all those incredible Mom's out there.
"My mum has helped so much to understand me and what is different about me to anyone else." - son with dyslexia nominating his mom Joanne Cooke for Parent of the Year Award
Here the sons, daughters, and moms speak for themselves:
"So my mother created the 'exceptions': 'mental health days' Anytime I had a spelling test or I didn't want to go to school...Mental health days were one of the few bright spots in my life." - Jonathan Mooney, Learning Outside the Lines
"I firmly believe my mother’s ideals and education have inspired me and my siblings to believe that we can all make a difference, and have something special to give." - Susan Hampshire, actress with dyslexia
"I’m dyslexic and when I was six my parents realized I couldn’t read and had been fooling everyone. The only way my mum could get me to work at my reading was if she promised to get me an agent. She said to me, ‘If you come to me with a book in your hand and a smile on your face every single day during the summer holidays, then at the end of it I will get you an agent." - Keira Knightley, actress with dyslexia
" During all this time, he cherished our read-aloud time. He has an intense love of books and good literature, and once he realized that he could someday read his books to himself, he was ecstatic. A great burden had been lifted from his young shoulders..." - homeschooling mom Maureen Wittman
"To remediate his dyslexia, I have used private tutors..I have received 170 hours of coursework toward becoming an academic language therapist....I find I am not at all atypical in my quest to further my own educatino to help my son...." - Mary Natwick
"...no one ever talked about dyslexia. In those days were were just classed as 'thick'. But eventually my mother realized what was happening and taught me herself." - Natasha Cooper, author Trish Maguire series
"Well, my mother tutored me in reading. When I think of my mother, every night, making me read, it was like hell. I found it very uncomfortable having to sit there for a half-hour or 20 minutes. Maybe it was five minutes, I don't know, but it seemed like hours. But when you're being made to learn to read where you're stumbling along - they were very concerned about my poor performance in school. And I think during my high school years, to go from grammar school into high school, my mother, truth be told, did most of my homework. [Laughs.]...My mother would say Paul is good with his hands and he makes things." - glass artist Paul Stankard
"My mother taught me to love my work. I learned everything about business from her. I watched her work. She enabled me to work." - David Geffen, Dreamworks
"I fax papers home to my mom to have her read them to me." - Ben Foss, JD MBA, Intel reader
"His mother had read everything to him and in medical school his wife was reading aloud all books and references...there was some opposition to his continuance in medical school on the part of the dean and one other faculty member, but the opposition subsided...After his graduation a report came from a distance medical school hospital stating that this man was the best intern they had had for some time. He passed his American boards in internal medicine and became the head of a group practice clinic in a large city..." - Lloyd Thompson, Reading Disability
From: Flourishing with Dyslexia (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7694/is_200807/ai_n32301838/)Excerpt: How I create, think, process information,...
"When I was in school I wondered why I didn't understand; now I wonder why "they" don't understand. My life and my viewpoint are distinct, and I love it this way. Dyslexies are often the inventors, the artists, and the creators. We are the different people who make a difference."
And: "How I create, think, process information, and view the world around me are all tied in. Thanks to ADD, multitasking comes naturally. I listen to books on tape while I work (over 3,500 so far) and can comfortably toss in other activities without even realizing it. Sifting and condensing information is part of understanding it, so I can explain the theory of relativity in a sentence or express the essentials of form and imagery. My focus, both consciously and unconsciously on the visual and tactile world, has become another priceless ingredient in my artwork. I think effectively in 3D which comes in handy when I am reconfiguring a Corvette suspension system or troubleshooting a glass manufacturing production line. This is also an invaluable tool in the creation of my sculptures, some of which are fully formed in my mind before they become reality. The 3D viewpoint also plays a strong role in my paintings.
"Dyslexia has had a defining role in my life and career. As a teenager and as a young adult, I fought against it, trying to escape it...These days I see the idiosyncracies of my mind if not as a gift, then as a purpose - one that has led me to my two great passions, medicine and literature." - author and physician Blake Charlton
"...At twelve years old, I still couldn’t read a book by myself. To encourage a love of literature, my parents read to me every night. It wasn’t working. I preferred the football field or basketball court where my disability didn’t show.
But then my parents began reading fantasy: Terry Brooks, Raymond Feist, Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, and Robert Jordan. Both being psychiatrists, mom and dad noticed my interest and read to me less and less each night. They faked exhaustion or sore throats or tired eyes, but they always left the book. I became obsessed with fantasy..."
Read more From Special Ed to Stanford Med and Blake Charlton, Author
Blake's coming to our conference in April!
“Action video games enhance many aspects of visual attention, mainly improving the extraction of information from the environment,” said Andrea Facoetti, Ph.D., of the University of Padua and the Scientific Institute Medea of Bosisio Parini in Italy.
“Dyslexic children learned to orient and focus their attention more efficiently to extract the relevant information of a written word more rapidly.”
Andrea Facoetti and his research team have new findings that training young children with action-based video games improves visual search skills that helps them acquire reading.Research such as this is welcome because it maps out the different components necessary for efficient reading, but the scientists are careful to clarify that their findings do not mean to imply that visual training is sufficient to account for early reading skills.
"Prereading syllabic blending and nonalphabetic cross-modal mapping in kindergarten predicted future reading skills in grade 1 and 2 even if chronological age and nonverbal IQ were controlled for. These results agree with the typically observed speech-sound processing and nonalphabetic cross-modal mapping disorers shown in prereaders who will develop dyslexia...
Our findings are consistent with a multifactorial hypothesis of dyslexia which suggests that no only auditory-phonological deficits but als visual spatial attention are causally implicated in dyslexia."Read Psych Central's article here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/01/some-video-games-can-help-dyslexics-read-better/52090.html
Find Full research article here: http://decone.psy.unipd.it/De.Co.Ne_LAB_Unipd/A._Facoetti.html
"Our findings are consistent with a multifactorial hypothesis of dyslexia which suggests that no only auditory-phonological deficits but als visual spatial attention are causally implicated in dyslexia."
Read Psych Central's article here:http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/01/some-video-games-can-help-dyslexics-read-better/52090.html
Find Full research article here:http://decone.psy.unipd.it/De.Co.Ne_LAB_Unipd/A._Facoetti.html
"If I could erase dyslexia from my life, I wouldn't. But I would erase ignorance of it. One out of five people is dyslexic and more than three-quarters of them don't know it." _ Environmental Attorney David Schoebrod
We're thrilled to have David coming to our conference in the Spring. In 1979, he led the charge to get lead out of gasoline and his been involved with environmental issues of the urban poor for decades. Currently he researches and litigates in major environmental areas, including air pollution and climate change.
To read more about David: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/schoenbrod.html
and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-schoenbrod/why-i-sculpt-a-law-profes_b_605070.html David also sculpts, loves nature, and is involved in landscape rehabilitation.