I was diagnosed in 1967 with dyslexia and had to be retested in 2013 for dyslexia to receive my accommodations at Brandeis University.
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32% of students with dyslexia fail to graduate from high school
50% of youth in juvenile detention system have dyslexia (why it will be a 0 budget item, if legislation is passed to test individuals in schools and provide tools to succeed)
60% of adolescents in drug and alcohol rehabilitation have dyslexia
50% of successful suicides for children under the age of 15, had a learning disability
50% of the unemployed between the ages of 16 and 21 cannot read well enough to be considered functionally literate.
School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues.
Sources:http://www.noticeability.org/#section-information , http://www.ernweb.com/educational-research-articles/depression-and-learning-disabilities/ and http://literacyprojectfoundation.org/statistics-page/
My studies and papers were all done with assistive technology I used Voice Dream Reader (VDR) to read my textbooks and articles and I used Dragon dictation to dictate my discussion post and papers. Sometimes I had up to 500 pages a week to read and with Voice Dream Reader while reading the text I would make notes within the VDR Apple application and export them out for referencing in my papers and discussions. Bookshare.org allowed me to enhance my learning by downloading books such as "Confessions of a Successful CIO" or another such example "Less Medicine, More Health." It was an exhilarating 3 years/90 weeks of education, the light of this education shine so bright that the shadows of failure which have plagued me all my reading life disappeared into into the glorious success of a bright future with a Masters degree from a premier university.
During my education I had to be my own advocate to get my textbooks from the publisher directly and then hand off the information to Brandeis University who was authorized to present the textbook company with my proof of disability. The fear of the past, I could not leave in the hands of the school. I had to be my own advocate and make sure that I received the textbook in time of the course. At one point, the professor changed the textbook a week before class started, but Wiley publishing stepped up to the plate, as did my advocate at Brandeis University and we got the job done.
It is my hope my story is an inspiration to others who struggle with the unknown gift of dyslexia.