Dragon speech recognition is another great tool to help those with Dyslexia. According to Nuance, the maker of Dragon. "Students with certain learning disabilities, especially those with language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia and working memory issues, use Dragon to help them with writing by taking the focus off the mechanics of composition—spelling, sentence structure, etc.—so it’s easier to transfer ideas into written words."
It has been shown to improve core reading and writing skills for students of all abilities, including those with physical or language-based learning disabilities as well as English Language Learners. Dragon lets students dictate papers and assignments three times faster than typing — with up to 99% accuracy. It also lets them control their computer desktop and applications by voice to get more done faster — whether they’re sending email, taking notes, doing research on the Web, or creating a presentation.
Another great success story. Philip Shultz is a Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry. There is a great article in the NY Times about him, and how he did not know he was dyslexic until he was an adult and his son was diagnosed as being dyslexic. This, as many of us know, is a very common story.
In the article he writes "I WAS well into middle age when one of my children, then in the second grade, was found to be dyslexic. I had never known the name for it, but I recognized immediately that the symptoms were also mine. When I was his age I’d already all but given up on myself. "
You can read more the whole article by going to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/sunday/with-dyslexia-words-failed-me-and-then-saved-me.html?_r=1.
According to Donna Flagg, having dyslexia was the best thing that happened to her. This is something you hear from so many people that have dyslexia, that much of their success came from their having dyslexia. Once a person with dyslexia can overcome the hurdles and learn to adapt - their dyslexia will carry them further than most others. Those with dyslexia ussually have incredible insights into people, complex problems and can visualy connect things that others can not.
According to Donna Flagg from the Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-flagg/dyslexia-is-the-best-thin_b_936096.html "it does nothing to prepare kids for the real world of work where emotional and psychological skills come into play as much as, if not more than, the tactical and technical. For me, it so happens that what made the situation unbearable from K through 12, is also what forced two things to happen which could not have been foreseen at the time. One, I developed the kind of survival skills that can't be taught from a textbook. And two, my brain was unable to adapt to the status quo. As a result, it's as if all the best parts were preserved, which turn out to be the most valuable assets I've brought to bear on my professional life. Not to mention that in the process, I learned to fight the system, communicate very well verbally as I dodged bullet after bullet, and most importantly, discovered that there was no point in listening to people who thought they knew about me and believed they had the authority to define who I was under the guise of their authority and/or title. They didn't.