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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


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


Episode 39: Mede Dunn offers insights from her experience home schooling her dyslexic son which include her technology suggestions.

"As a parent (of a dyslexic child) you shouldn't feel alone. There are lots of resources out there now." -Mede Dunn Resources Mede talked about: Here is the simulation classroom of Dr. Richard Lavoie "How Difficult Can This Be". Learning Ally (audio books) If you have a diagnoses of some sort you get access to the audio books for free. Understood: Organization that support parents of children with learning and attention issues. SnapType: App to complete any school worksheet on...


Episode 38: Cliff Weitzman shares his ongoing journey creating the text to speech app Speechify and explains the role his dyslexia plays.

"The fact that you are dyslexic and you read slowly does not mean that you are blocked from getting the incredible advice that you get from books." -Cliff Weitzman To check out Speechify click here.


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