This article first appeared on the Dyslexic Advantage website, a charitable organization founded by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, and dedicated to helping.
I was there and I agree with Dan--it was an amazing conference. Kudos to the Dr.s Eide! for a remarkable gathering!-Lou
"..I came to Connecticut for the first annual Dyslexia and Talent Conference inspired and created by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, and supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. For those of you who work in the field of dyslexia or have a child with dyslexia, you may know of the groundbreaking and paradigm shifting work of Brock and Fernette. Capitalizing on the important work of pioneers in the field (many in attendance), Brock and Fernette started a movement of re-framing and re-visioning the conceptualization of dyslexia as solely a “deficit” in reading and writing, to a more complete understanding of the overall processing or brain patterns of the dyslexic brain, which happens to have many strengths in addition to its “deficits.”
Presenters and attendees included scientists from the fields of neuroscience, astrophysics, psychiatry, and paleontology. There were physicians, psychologists, professors, educators, filmmakers, administrators, CEOs, inventors, philanthropists, School Heads, business consultants, writers, and a naturalist. Among the group were very successful entrepreneurs, a Pulitzer Prize poet, best selling authors, and an Academy Award filmmaker. There were parents of dyslexic children, young and old, also in attendance. Many of the attendees occupied more than one of the aforementioned professions and roles.
The purpose of this conference was to bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, professors, educators, practitioners, technology and consulting companies, and advocacy organizations that are stakeholders in the game of dyslexia. While I was aware of the goal of the conference and the professions who would be attending, I hadn’t realized that a vast majority of these people would be dyslexic individuals themselves. This small, and yet very significant fact, seemed to allow for an experience that most attendees did not seem to anticipate, and will never forget..."