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Creator of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad grew up in poverty on a small farm in Sweden. His grandfather had killed himself after realizing he could no longer afford his mortgage. His grandmother was able to save the family farm.

Because Ingvar struggled in school because of his dyslexia and he shirked tasks like milking the cows, his father once […]

Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter September 2017

September 2017 Dyslexic Advantage newsletter includes:
Weta Workshop Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor
Ptahra Helps New York’s Dyslexia Bill Become Law
Sabrina Brazzo, Dyslexic Ballerina
How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk
Best Practices for Dyslexia
Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?
When Spelling Words Don’t Stick
National Association of School Psychologists Speaks Out on Dyslexia Screeners
Beyond Combination Locks
Microsoft Updates Immersive Reader
How Can I […]

Douglas Abrams’ Quest to Change the World

Why is this guy smiling?

This is author and publisher Douglas Abrams who has an instant New York Times Bestseller on his hands – The Book of Joy – but that’s not all. He’s also founded Idea Architects, a company helping “visionaries create a wiser, healthier, and more just world.”

I had seen that Douglas had […]

[PREMIUM] Meet One of America’s Most Prolific Designers, CHUCK HARRISON

  Chuck Harrison’s designs are so ubiquitous that it’s said that every household in America has something designed by him. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Chuck’s first attempts at design involved the building of a “skate box” when he attached wheels to an old two-by-four, creating an early version of a skateboard. Chuck’s father was […]

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From There to Here with Richard Branson

 

Many people know that Richard Branson has talked about dyslexia being an advantage. He struggled in school, almost failing out at age 13. He was very near-sighted and someone only thought to suggest he get his eyes tested after a few terms not seeing the board. He was beaten once or twice a week […]

The Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are Dyslexic !

 Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has cruised to over $730 million global earnings this past week with both Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) sharing their dyslexia with fans.

It’s becoming increasingly common for Hollywood headliners to share their back story and include details about being dyslexic. Zoe mentioned her dyslexia to the New York […]

The Dyslexic Pioneer Behind Wildlife Conservation – Sir Peter Scott

Peter Scott was just 2 years old when his father, the Naval officer and Antartic explorer Robert Falcon Scott died in the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. In his father’s last letter to his mother, a talented sculptor (she had been a student of Rodin), he said: “make the boy interested in natural history if […]

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How a Dyslexic Author Wrote a NYTimes Bestseller about Joy

“…He explained that there is a Tibetan saying that it is the painful experiences that shine the light on the nature of happiness… The Archbishop added that that “nothing beautiful comes without some suffering,” and he mentioned how our muscles need resistance to grow. So it seems our spirit requires the same. The Archbishop […]

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How Herd Aversion Helps Adult Dyslexics [Premium]

 “I have herd aversion to the point it’s ridiculous.” – Vince Flynn

In our earliest interviews with adult dyslexics in research for our book, a recurring theme of “herd aversion” emerged.

Herd aversion or tendency to avoid group think – seems to be a common feature among some of the most innovative and pioneering men and […]

Teaching Science to Students with Dyslexia – Middle School [Premium]

Adolescents are at a stage of development when they need to be in an environment where they can experience independence, growth, cooperation, and creativity; however, the typical middle school provides an environment that stresses competition, grades, relative ability, and rote memorization.” – From The Middle School Experience: Effects on the Math and Science Achievements of […]

Teen’s New Book: Looking for Heroes – Dyslexia and Success

Congrats Aidan Colvin, a dyslexic teen who wrote 100 letters to dyslexic men and women to ask them how they achieved success.

From WRAL:

“…we were standing in my room and my mom looked over at a poster we had made years ago with pictures of successful dyslexics. She wondered aloud, “How did they ‘make’ it?” […]

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Q & A: Can I be a Doctor if I am Dyslexic?

Answer: Yes. Absolutely.

There have been many famous physicians who were dyslexic, and many today that you might not know who are dyslexic because many don’t identify in the workplace and many more weren’t formally identified.

The typical profile of a dyslexic physician is to have had early troubles in elementary school, then a jump in […]

World Says Goodbye to Sports Legend Muhammad Ali

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

One of the world’s greatest sporting figures, Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday.  He was the world’s  only 3x heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.  He had a record 56 wins – 5 losses and became […]

By |June 5th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Famous People with Dyslexia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on World Says Goodbye to Sports Legend Muhammad Ali

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Who’s the Real Dyslexic Mind Behind MacGyver?

MacGyver’s making a comeback and CBS just posted its first look below. If you grew up in the 80’s, you’ll know MacGyver as a secret agent who managed to engineer ingenious devices with simple homemade materials. If MacGyver reminded you of a dyslexic engineer in your home, you should be surprised that there was […]

The Astonishing Life of Dyslexic Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard [Premium]

“When I was a child, I wrote a letter to an oceanographic institution in California called Scripps (Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC San Diego). It was a Dear Santa Claus letter. “Dear Scripps, I want to be an oceanographer.” I’m sure I misspelled it, because I’m dyslexic. They gave me a scholarship. When I was 17, 56 years ago, […]

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Thanks Moms – Happy Mother’s Day to All of You!

You know who you are – you’re the tireless supporter, the homework helper, positive psychologist, healer, cook, coach, career woman, event planner, social coordinator, facilities manager, and CEO. So many of the accomplished people with dyslexia that we talk about on this blog tell us that their mom believed in them before they believed […]

By |May 8th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Famous People with Dyslexia, Parents|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Thanks Moms – Happy Mother’s Day to All of You!

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