Category Archives: Advocacy

From D’s to the Emmy’s: A Conversation with Sprague Theobald, Dyslexic

From Ds to Emmys - A Conversation with Sprague Theobald Dyslexic

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We know that dyslexia affects up to one in five people. What we don’t talk about often enough is that children with dyslexia grow up to be adults with dyslexia. Having worked in the adult literacy field for over twelve years, I am acutely aware of their pain and their long battles with various health issues, job issues and addiction issues because they were not identified as dyslexic and/or did not receive help for their dyslexia. We have an enormous amount to learn from these adults, both the successful adults and the adults who are still struggling. There are some cases where an adult will become successful because of (not despite) their dyslexia. In the case of Sprague Theobald, he has become wildly successful despite and because of his dyslexia. So, what makes Sprague so special? Well, two Emmys for one. He won an Emmy for his documentary America’s Cup Moments and another Emmy for his latest documentary, The Other Side of the Ice. To add to that impressive list, he also wrote, that’s right, he wrote a book, a best-selling book also titled, The Other Side of the Ice. But his road has not been lined with roses; in fact Sprague almost didn’t make it down his current path because had not been identified as dyslexic until he was an adult. Sprague has been gracious enough to share his story with me so that we can learn from it and learn from it we will.

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Hidden Disability

Hidden Disability - A Song About DyslexiaDownload the PDF version of this article here.

Below is an mp3 of a song about dyslexia which was written by Tessa Matus and Berne Velasquez from Belize. They would like to use it to raise awareness to help create a dyslexia organization in Belize and beyond.  A video will be forthcoming, but for now please share and help them spread the word.

Hidden Disability

Infographic: Navigating the Special Education Process

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This flowchart is a visual aid to help a parent and/or advocate of a child with dyslexia navigate the special education process.  It is meant only as a general guide.  It has been adapted from the forthcoming book:  Dyslexia:  Decoding the System by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley of The Dyslexia Training Institute.

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From the Mouths of Babes….Or, Gabe in This Instance

From the Mouths of Babes....Or Gabe in This Instance by Tracy Block-ZaretskyDownload the PDF of this article here.

By Tracy Block-Zaretsky

One of the things I do at DTI is speak to parents who are calling looking for help. By the time they are calling us they are usually pretty frustrated. I hear so many stories, but at their core they are really similar. Our schools are failing our kids with dyslexia. But, we all know that already. What keeps me passionate about what I am doing is listening to the pain and frustration that the parent is experiencing because they are watching their child continue to struggle and their self esteem going down the drain. I know at the core of this story is a kid who is suffering to some degree everyday at school. Being a parent of a child with learning disabilities, I have a lot of empathy for the parents that call us. However, I don’t think any of us can really know what it is like to live in the heads of our kids as they sit in school all day and then come home to do even more of what is so difficult for them. That is what is killing me. I know they are struggling, but I can only image what it is like to live their lives everyday.

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