carly-simon-dyslexiaFrom WBUR: “One celebrated Martha’s Vineyard family is trying to spread the word that a diagnosis of dyslexia doesn’t spell doom; on the contrary, it can lead to more creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Carly Simon, the Grammy award-winning musician, is now 70. But few people know that the accomplished singer and songwriter struggled with dyslexia, and a stutter, as a child.

“Being embarrassed at school is a terrible thing…when your peers are making fun of you because they can’t understand what wonderful whimsy your mind may be making up and going through,” she said recently. “While they’re just going 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, you’re going 1-2-4-5-7-8-9-3!”

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…Simon believes her dyslexia has a direct influence on how she makes music.”

Carly Simon is a Grammy (2x), Academy, and Golden Globe Award winner, singer-songwriter, musician, and now dyslexia advocate! We grew up with songs like You’re So Vain and That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be. Welcome to the Cool Club, for sure!

Dean Bragonier is  finishing the last laps of his Swimming Around the Vineyard fundraiser for the new non-profit organization Notice Ability. To listen to Sally Taylor’s amazing multisensory art project, click Consensus.