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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?” […]

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 […]

The Dyslexic Advantage Mission II: Positive Community

Today we’ll discuss the second key aim in DA’s Mission Statement: promoting positive community.

At DA we envision a world where dyslexic people are:

known and valued for their strengths
proud of their identity
confident of their abilities
and routinely enabled to reach their full potential in school, work, and life.

To create this world, dyslexic people have to work together. This […]

Valuing Diversity in our “Cognitive Ecosystem”

Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of lecturing to the students at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education on the topic “Dyslexia 2015”. The Stanford students were amazingly bright and extremely attentive, and we were inspired to think of the wonderful impact they’ll have as leaders in the field of education!

Our talk contained an up […]