Decoding Dyslexia: There Is Hope

The following are notes for the Toastmasters Presentation, “Decoding Dyslexia: There is Hope.  The Presentation is for the Professional Speaker advanced manual, Project 1: The Keynote Address.

House Resolution 456 introduced to the House of Representatives in Washington DC by, now, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. The resolution call, “On schools, States and local educational agencies to recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that must be addressed.”  This bill has 119 sponsors and at this moment is still sitting in the House Committee on Education and Workforce

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The following are some organizations which research dyslexia or lend support to dyslexics.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The Mayo Clinic

Georgetown University

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Adult Dyslexia Organization

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Despite the wide variety of organizations and specialists, there are many who wish to convince us that there is no such thing as dyslexia.

Dyslexia May Not Exist, Warn Academics: article in the February 26, 2014 addition of the Telegraph.

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There is definite movement, although very slow, in the right direction to help students and adults with dyslexia. IDEA was passed in 2004 and has given parents some tools to help their children.

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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The vast majority of the advances in dyslexia support and acceptance has happened outside our education and government systems. Because of the lack of knowledge of dyslexia and other learning disabilities by our schools and educators, they are reluctant to accept these advances.

Neuro-diversity

Write’s Law

Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexia Quest

Those outside of the dyslexia and learning disability circle have a profound misunderstanding of what it means to be dyslexic.  Some associate dyslexia with being mentally challenged. There is a long list of accomplished people who have Dyslexia. You may be surprised by some of the names on this list.

-Business leaders:

Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

-Scientists:

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday

Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie

-Artists:

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

-Politicians:

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

-Writers:

John Steinbech

John Steinbeck

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

John Grisham

John Grisham

Actors:

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruse

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopie Goldberg

Athletes:

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

Mohammad Ali

Mohammad Ali

Toastmasters:

Ed Tate

Ed Tait

Darren Lacroix

Daron LaCroix

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