Dear Judith Warner and Editor:
It may be a diagnosis to our Education system. We are archaic and using somewhat close to snake oils to diagnose and explain a "Gift."
Dyslexia when I was growing up was a disability because there was a lack of tools. Although today it is a "Gift" to me and all who I come in contact with at work, home, church and life.
What if tools (Readplease.com, Read:OutLoud and Victor Reader Soft) which enable me to read 300 to 480 words per minute with 90%+ comprehension where available to all? What if when a student comes to a person, place, word or thing which they do not know; are now only one click away from a picture of the person or one click away from the definition or description? This technology is available and would boost the phrase "no child left behind" by at least 10 to 20% completion rate.
Confidence can change a life and a nation. At my Blog (www.mygiftofdyslexia.Blogspot.com) I have placed 4 Youtube videos which I have made to show this technology at work. The Youtube video titled “Dyslexia and Technology" demonstrates how I read most of my books. This digital textbook technology should be in all schools, by doing so it would put students who are willing to learn on the edge of their reading chair. For those who have no motivation then they would fail because of the lack of effort.
“I can’t”, “I don't know how”, “they won’t teach me” would be turned off as excuse for most but not all. My life has been changed and my reading has put me at the edge of my reading chair for the first time in my life.
New York Times best sellers are a download away; recently I finished "The Middle Place" and “Lift”. When I introduced myself to Kelly Corrigan at a recent Library Association luncheon I could proudly say to her "I read your book".