Overcoming the Shame of My Learning Disability

“How do you not to feel stupid when everyone else is learning something that you can’t grasp at the same pace? The shame of not being able to read out loud without stuttering or misspelling something on the blackboard in front of the class was almost unbearable. The fear of being called on by the teacher was paralyzing and made me act out and have panic attacks. My math teacher berated me because she thought I was being careless when I accidentally reversed numbers. I spent countless hours with frustrated but well-meaning adults who wanted to help me but just thought I wasn’t trying hard enough. All of these experiences sent me the message that I was not good enough.”

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A Typeface For Dyslexics? Don’t Buy Into The Hype

“So while their hearts might be in the right place, Dyslexie, and typefaces like it, haven’t really been shown to work in the real world. Is there anything that can be done through type to make reading easier for dyslexics? Yes. Studies have shown that dyslexics read up to 27% faster when text lines are very short, up to 18 characters per line, compared to the 60-65 characters of standard text. Putting as much space as possible between letters helps dyslexics too. But a magic font that makes dyslexia go away? It doesn’t exist. It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t work. Don’t buy into the hype.”

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Speaker with Dyslexia Needed in Garrison, NY

Garrison Union Free School in Garrison, NY is currently seeking a speaker with dyslexia for their “Differences Day” event. Below is some additional information from Christina Kawabata who is involved in this event.

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“I am a parent and a Learning Differences Committee member at Garrison Union Free School, a public school serving K-8 in Garrison, NY, about 50 miles north of NYC. We are looking for an adult speaker with Dyslexia who can be a moderator for a panel discussion and to speak about his/her personal experience (i.e. struggles and achievements) at our school’s annual “Differences Day” event which helps our students, parents, faculty, and community to gain insight, knowledge, and promote acceptance and tolerance of individuals with learning disabilities or difficulties. The event will be held on Thursday, March 12th from 9-11am. Please contact me by email, takatina@optimum.net for individuals who are interested. We would greatly appreciate your time!”

Ghotit – Assistive Technology that Understands You

I was contacted by Ofer Chermesh, the CEO of Ghotit. He passed along some information about Ghotit, which is assistive technology meant to help people with dyslexia. Below is what he had to say about Ghotit.

Capture“Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 is a writing assistant technology for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Ghotit writing assistance algorithms were uniquely developed to understand the text written by people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Ghotit is used while writing (word prediction) or at the end of the writing process in order to correct spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. At the end of the writing process, the user can proofread the text using Ghotit text to speech.

Ghotit Real Writer and Reader 3 has many additional features that helps people with problematic writing to write freely and independently.Ghotit is available for Windows and Macintosh laptops or desktops and for Android smartphones or tablets.

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Ghotit Dyslexia www.ghotit.com

Have you used Ghotit? Does it work for you?

–Rita W. El-Haddad

Dyslexia and Me: “Unrecognised dyslexia is costing the UK economy in excess of £1 billion per year”

“To reduce the £1 billion cost to the UK economy, is it not time that adjustments were made in both schools AND the workplace? With an advance in assistive technology over the last 10 years, perhaps it’s time for all employers to have strategies already in place for the 10% of their staff that may need support. Although not all dyslexics have the same problems, there are some traits that are similar. A software that reads, one that can be spoken into, one that changes the screen colour… It’s only slight adjustments that would make a far more productive and happier workforce.”

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