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Dyslexia, Development, and Chinese Bamboo

Here’s one of our favorite stories. It’s a perfect metaphor for the late blooming pattern of development that is characteristic of dyslexic people. It’s been told many times and in many ways. Here’s our version.

Long ago in China, a father saw his son sitting silently on a stool, hanging his head in dejection.

“Why so low?” […]

Crowdsourcing Dyslexia

Two years ago we created the founding documents for Dyslexic Advantage. One of those documents was a Statement of Values and Core Beliefs. It contained nine points, two of which are as follows:

Dyslexic individuals and their families, by virtue of their experience, possess an expert knowledge of the meaning and nature of dyslexia […]

What If ‘Dyslexia’ Meant ‘Smart’?

We’ve been talking about stories, so here’s the story of a friend. It illustrates perfectly some of the challenges dyslexic people face in the current educational system. It also shows the huge impact our view of ‘dyslexia’ can have on how we see other people.

Our friend was highly verbal and curious as a child, so her […]

‘Dyslexia’ Is About Who, Not What: What We Can Learn From John Quincy Adams

One more thought on last week’s Senate hearings. This post was prompted by our recent viewing of the movie Amistad—directed, incidentally, by dyslexic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Amistad tells the story of a pre-Civil War legal battle involving a group of kidnapped Africans who escaped their chains and took over a slave ship before being recaptured.
An […]

Secretary of Education “I Don’t Think We Have a Specific Program for Dyslexia”

“Why the Heck Don’t You Have a Specific Program for Dyslexia?” – Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA, Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus).

It should come as no surprise that it was a parent to ask the piecing question of why more isn’t being done for students with dyslexia. Senator Bill Cassidy is the parent of a child with dyslexia […]

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