SAISD 504/DYSLEXIA NEWSLETTER
Ben Foss is a prominent entrepreneur, activist and the founder of Headstrong Nation, a not-for-profit organization serving the dyslexic community. Foss graduated from Wesleyan University and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford Law and Business Schools. He invented the Intel Reader, a mobile device that takes photos of text and recites it aloud on the spot. Ben is a co-founder of Integration Ventures, a venture capital firm that is looking to invest in dyslexic entrepreneurs. His approach is to always focus on your strengths.
Published by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online is an excellent resource for children with learning disabilities like dyslexia. This website records free videos of narrators, sometimes well-known actors like Eva Longoria, reading children’s books aloud. Students develop their literacy skills by following along with text as the literature comes alive.
Thank you, Mr. Falker
In this autobiographical story, Trisha, overjoyed at the thought of learning how to read struggles when she finds that all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Finally, in fifth grade, she is lucky enough to have a teacher who recognizes Trisha's incredible artistic ability, understands her problem, and takes the time to lead her to the magic of reading.
Looking for Heroes
Aidan Colvin, over the course of one year, wrote 100 letters to successful people with dyslexia asking for advice. Those who responded told Aidan that there was no secret to success—except persistence, humor, improvisation, and grit. Every person acknowledged the challenges of living with dyslexia and shared a personal perspective that only someone with dyslexia can provide.