There are so many successful people with Dyslexia, that I am never surprised anymore by them. One of them is the Secretary of Education of South Carolina, Mr Ed Zais who could not read until he was in 9th grade. Incredible.
As Zais "Education is like law and medicine … every person is different and must be treated differently,” Zais said. Zais, who said he wasn’t able to read until ninth grade because of dyslexia, said he learned to read using comic books, because the images helped him begin to better understand words.
You can read more at http://www2.scnow.com/news/2011/aug/29/sc-secretary-ed-zais-tells-florence-rotarians-zip--ar-2338137/
The LiveScribe Pen is another incredible invention to help students. It's pretty simple really. A students uses the pen to write notes, and while they are writing, the pen records the lecture from the teacher. When the student is reveiwing their notes and wants to hear what the teacher was saying at that point in their notes, they simply touch the pen to their notes and listen to the recording. Simple and amazing.
I don't know how many times I have misspelled things in important emails, memos or paper. Like most other people, I use Microsoft word which has been great for checking my spelling, but the grammar check has never been very good. So I simply struggled with it. Recently I have come across another Microsoft product called Ghotit that looks fantastic. It is exactly what a dyslexic needs - beyond spell check.
Check it out.
HBO has put out a new movie in Dyslexia, and it's about time. Dyslexia is so poorly understand by most of the world. "Isn't that when you reverse letters?" they usually ask. That could be part of it, but obviously there is more to it. The movie is titled Journey into Dyslexia.
You can read more about the movie by going to http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/journey-into-dyslexia/index.html
There are a number of interesting studies that suggest that a starring number of sucessful entrparenuers are dyslexic.
According to NY Times Article "The report, compiled by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that more than a third of the entrepreneurs she had surveyed — 35 percent — identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than nondyslexics to delegate authority, to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses." http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/06/business/06dyslexia.html
The key to being a successful adult in your career is to find the right job - as not every job is a great fit.
This is one of my all time videos. As most of us know, our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. Those with LD will likely wish is would simply go away, while at other times be greatful for the gift they have recieved to see things that others cannot. The list of talented innovators goes on and on. Below is a great video that shows some of these great people.
I hope you enjoy.