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Episode 59: Author and actor Chris Hill shares challenges from his childhood as well as discusses his new book about a kangaroo with dyslexia.

"Sheer willpower can overcome anything." -Chris Hill Chris' book is called Ralphy and the Rang-E-Koos.


Episode 58: Rebecca Warner, co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia and creator of the pqbd Dyslexia Awareness Symbol shares the story behind its creation and the work the grassroots organization is doing.

The cycles a dyslexia parent goes through: "At first you are in the crying in your pillow phrase saying 'what the heck'? and then I call it the epiphany which is stage two where you are like 'wow Dyslexia'. And then the third bit is coffee where you talking to everybody and you are so excited. The last stage is you are just pissed. You are just like 'really?' Once you know this information, you know how to train people, it's evidence based, it's not shocking and we just simply need to do...


Episode 57: I chat with Dannielle Small, mother of Katie Small (from episode 53) who gives us a mother's perspective on raising a child with dyslexia.

"I feel fortunate having a dyslexic child. It's taught me patience. It's taught me perseverance. It's taught our daughter resilience and strategies on life. I see dyslexia now as a gift." -Dannielle Small


Episode 56: Yvette Blaess shares her thoughts on dyslexia as well as explains what she's doing to spread public awareness about what dyslexia is actually like.

"Dyslexia is not a stop sign. It's a road block. You can do it---it may just take a bit longer." -Yvette Blaess *And yes the beginning is meant to be that way! I decided not to edit out the mistakes I made. Here's why: I make dyslexic mistakes all the time. I say the wrong word or I almost stutter and can't come up with any word. There's nothing wrong with these moments and that's why I left the beginning of this episode unedited. My wish is for the world to recognize and understand what...


Episode 55: Professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil shares how dyslexia has contributed to his success on and off the field.

"Communicate. I encourage you to share how you're are feeling, talk about the challenges, and ask for help. We live in a world where asking for help is considered a weakness because it infers we don't have the answer. But it is also the fastest way to learn and more deeply connect with someone." -Paul Rabil Visit the Paul Rabil Foundation here.


Episode 54: Author Jeanne Betancourt shares her experiences as a dyslexic writer and why it was so important to her to include dyslexics in her books.

“Don’t judge a person by their reading.” -Jeanne Betancourt Check out Jeanne's author website here. Check out Jeanne's artist website here.


Episode 52: From special education student to special education teacher, Tomas Black tells his story.

"You are an amazing person. Don't ever let your dyslexia ever ever make you feel like you can't do something you want to do." -Tomas Black


Episode 51: Trevor Smith shares how being a laughter leader plays to his dyslexic strengths.

"As a person with dyslexia you have a lot of strengths and a lot to offer. Really focus on that, not so much on your challenges." -Trevor Smith Check out Trevor's website here. Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


Episode 50: Gibby jumps to the other side of the microphone and tells her dyslexic story.

In celebration of the 50th episode Gibby chats with her fiancee sharing what her childhood was like and how her perspective of dyslexia has totally changed.


Episode 49: Retired physical therapist Sharon Taylor talks about what helped her get through the challenges dyslexia presented and how she found her way in the medical field.

"If it wasn't for being outside and swimming, riding, and dancing then it would have been tough for me. That was my way to express myself. Find whatever it is that makes you happy and do it." -Sharon Taylor


Episode 48: Horse trainer and equine behaviorist Marcus Rhatigan shares his horse filled journey and why he believes his dyslexia saved his life.

"I wear dyslexia as a badge of honor." "When we label somebody in our society it's a stigma for weakness. Dyslexia is not a weakness, it's just a different way of learning. The weakness is the system that hasn't been brought forward to teach people that are individuals." -Marcus Rhatigan


Episode 47: Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure tells her story and the role her dyslexia played.

"As a dyslexic, understand your skills may not be like your neighbor. They actually may be better." -Nancy Brinker Check out the Susan G Komen for the Cure website here.


Episode 46: Performance and behavior specialist Dr. John Demartini shares his expertise and insights for dyslexics, as well as advice for how to live an extraordinary life.

"What people say you can't do may be the very thing you are destined to do. I'm very grateful for my challenges because they were the gifts that I needed to be where I am today." "How does whatever happened now serve you? How is it on the way not in the way? And how do you use it to your greatest advantage?" "I'm interested in helping people become masters of destiny." -Dr. John Demartini Click here for the Huffington Post article Dr. Demartini mentioned on bullying. Check out Dr....


Episode 45: Entrepreneur Kendi Oketch shares her story of discovering in her late thirties she's dyslexic and tells us what she's doing to improve the perception of dyslexia in Kenya.

"I discovered my self-esteem when as an adult I discovered I'm dyslexic." -Kendi Oketch Kendi's dyslexia Facebook page is called Talk Dyslexia.


Episode 44: Podcaster Drew Ackerman explains how his dyslexia led to the creation of his highly successful podcast, Sleep With Me.

"Small effort has really changed my life, of just saying let's just do this everyday for like 15 minutes. If we do it for even 5 minutes every day it's on a miracle level the results you can have." -Drew Ackerman Check out the Sleep With Me Podcast website here.


Episode 43: Professor of curriculum and instruction, Dr. Jim Gentry tells us his personal story and how his helpful teachers were his inspiration to go into teaching.

"Dyslexics, you are smart. You can do things. You have a purpose and you belong." -Dr. Jim Gentry Jim's article can be found here.


Episode 42: Director of Football Operations at USC & and a 2018 World Marathon Challenge Finisher, Jared Blank talks about how the race helped him realize that dyslexia really is a superpower.

"I've been there, I've felt stupid and dumb for a very long time and it's just not the case." Dyslexia does not affect intelligence." -Jared Blank To check out Jared's website click here.


Episode 41: Marcus Soutra is the president of Eye to Eye, the national mentoring organization for and by people with learning differences. He tells us his personal story as well as the great work the nonprofit is doing.

"Parents and teachers point out the strengths that these LD students have because they are so obsessed with their weaknesses and so focused on it that when they are good at something they don't necessarily recognize it." -Marcus Soutra Check out Eye to Eye's website here.


Episode 40: Music composer and producer Darryl Duncan shares his journey and how dyslexia gave him a musical advantage.

"There's nothing you can't accomplish with dyslexia." -Darryl Duncan