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Episode 37: Stanford University freshman Bryan Perla discusses his invention Little Elf and how his dyslexia helped him create it.

"I think finding those different ways to look at things and different ways to view things is really important because that's what accommodations are. It's just the audio version of the text. It's the same text, it's just a different application of the same information." -Bryan Perla To check out the Little Elf campaign on Kickstarter click here.


Episode 36: Biologist Ben Kilham talks about his rehabilitation work and research with black bears and how he got his PDH at age 63.

"You have goals and passions. Don’t let those get crushed by school." Dr. Ben Kilham For more information about Ben and the Kilham Bear Center click here.


Episode 35: Investor and property developer Neville Wright explains how hard work and determination led him to massive financial success despite his reading difficulties.

"Forget about can't and concentrate on can. Forget about whether the glass is half full or empty. Be appreciative for the water." -Neville Wright To check out Neville's website click here.


Episode 34: Linda Gardam, the Dyslexic Geek opens up about her journey and how a group of librarians played a large role in her success.

"It's a very special gift, dyslexia. Know you are fabulous. Know you are in a large group of very important people who all have special abilities." -Linda Gardam


Episode 33: I chat with author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and she shares her expertise and advice for helping dyslexic kids.

"Don't listen to anyone who says things like they just aren't trying hard enough or they aren't motivated. Trust me, if a kid could read they would. I've never met a kid who was excited that they couldn't read while letting down their parents and teachers. Know that they are trying." -Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley To visit the Dyslexia Training Institute click here.


Episode 32: Dean Bragonier founder and executive dyslexic of Notice Ability explains what he's doing to unlock dyslexic potential and why it's so important to him.

Here are the facts that Dean and Notice Ability are working to improve: Locked Potential: -32% of students with dyslexia/LD drop out of high school or do not receive a regular diploma -50% of youth in the juvenile justice system have dyslexia/LD. -60% of adolescents in drug and alcohol rehabilitation have dyslexia/LD. Unlocked Potential: -35% of entrepreneurs have dyslexia. -Dyslexia is known as the “MIT disease” at the nation’s top engineering university. -40% of self-made...


Episode 31: Comedian Liz Miele shares how stand-up comedy gave her the confidence to be and express herself--dyslexia and all.

"Dyslexics: You have an advantage. You are special. Your brain works differently". -Liz Miele


Episode 30: Illustrator and animator Mads Johan Ogaard tells us how, after using art as a lifeline during his difficult school days, he employed those same skills in his adulthood to create a short film about dyslexia.

Along with his personal story, Mads shares the tale of his short film, I am Dyslexic and how he created it to support and empower fellow dyslexics. To see Mad's short film, I Am Dyslexic click here.


Episode 29: A former entrepreneur and marketer turned author and podcaster, Christopher Lochhead talks about the magic of the dyslexic brain and the need to cultivate instead of diminish it.

"Love your brain. You've been given a gift. It's easy for us to think it's a curse because there are so many things that 'normal brain' people can do that we can't, but there's way more things we can do." To check out Christopher's podcast, Legends & Losers click here.


Episode 28: Krista Weltner describes how becoming a puppet artist and fabricator enabled her to find her people and a rewarding career that highlights her strengths.

As well as telling us about the events leading up to finding her current job Krista talks about the short film, Partially Compensated that she created to depict her childhood struggles in school. To see Krista's short film, Partially Compensated go to: https://www.kristaweltner.com/media


Episode 27: Dr. Marilyn Bartlett shows us that despite reading at the 4th grade level as an adult, perseverance gave her large success in the academic world.

With raw emotion Dr. Bartlett reveals the ups and downs of her journey, showing us what is possible when you advocate for yourself and won't take no for an answer.


Episode 26: Parenting and neurodiversity coach John Hicks shares his story from both a professional standpoint and that of a parent of a dyslexic daughter.

John explains how at age 40 he discovered he had dyslexia through his daughter's diagnosis. He saw his daughter's dyslexia as a challenge and took it head on to help her succeed in school. He recounts this journey with us.


Episode 25: Golf professional Shane LeBaron shares how golf was his escape from the difficulties he was facing in school.

As Shane grew up golf evolved into a career in which he had to carve out his own path. However, with the challenges dyslexia brought it also gave him strengths and advantages which Shane uses to this day to teach people how to improve their golf.


Episode 24: Kaiya Stone talks about her experience getting diagnosed at 19 while at Oxford University and what followed.

Unable to find the support she was looking for led Kaiya to create the Everything is Going to be KO project which is a show aimed at supporting fellow dyslexics and creating a community for them.


Episode 23: I chat with siblings Alana, Jacob, & Reuben Blumenstein about the organization they started to help kids just like themselves, discover the magic of getting lost in a book.

Having each struggled with reading the Blumensteins know how challenging reading with dyslexia can be. They discovered the joys of reading and the benefits that come with it and so created Kids Read 2 Kids so that any kid, anywhere in the world can be read to and supported by fellow kids in the process.


Episode 22: Christian Boer explains how a school project led him to develop a font for dyslexics called Dyslexie.

Dyslexie is designed to make reading easier for dyslexics. Here is the story of how it came to be.


Episode 21: Jeff Pike explains how a computer program changed his life.

By finding something he was really good at Jeff was able to let his strengths lead the way into an amazing career in the field of aviation engineering without having the formal education his colleagues had.


Episode 20: Jarryn Avery discusses the elaborate plan he carried out in order to reach his dream of playing football in college.

Since he was placed in special education classes when he graduated high school Jarryn was missing some academic requirements so couldn't choose one of the football scholarships he was being offered. As a result, with the help of his friend John and his mentor who goes by Underworld they made the impossible possible and Jarryn went to play for Kansas State. This is his story about how he did that.


Episode 19: Dyslexia expert Susan Barton discusses the personal reason she was drawn to the dyslexic community and how she came to supporting dyslexics and their families.

Susan's journey led her to opening Bright Solutions for Dyslexia which offers free support to dyslexics.


Episode 18: Peggy Stern shares her story of becoming a documentary film maker and how her dyslexia led her to create Dyslexiaville.

Peggy explains how invaluable the tools she was given as a child to focus on her strengths and not dwell on what she wasn't good at were and how they enabled her to succeed both at Harvard and after graduation.


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