So, I’ve seen posts about I Wonder What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic kicking around various social media networks recently, and I’m pretty excited to see how it’ll turn out.
If you visit the link, you’ll find yourself at the Kickstarter page, and find some more information about the book. He’s surpassed his goal, so hopefully the book will be available for purchase.
I don’t know if the book will go into the other effects dyslexia has on people, or the talents it brings out in them, but it looks extremely interesting.
Despite my problems with it, I’ve always been fascinated with language and how it changes throughout the years. While it’s true that the majority of humans are hard wired for verbal and visual communication, writing is a learned skill. It has a unique way of preserving information, sparking the imagination and making communication a bit easier for the majority.
With the advent of text to speech technology, writing can now be more easily accessed by those who would have avoided it otherwise.
Beyond that, I find the structure of words and letters beautiful. Typography has always fascinated me, because it takes the artistic nature of script and builds upon it.
This book adds an element of education to both the beauty and function of language. How can anyone understand how frustrating it is to have such difficulty with reading without something to reference?
Until the book comes out, however, I’d also strongly recommend checking out the F.A.T. City Workshop by Richard Lavoie.
Lavoie sits a number of adults down and walks them through what a typical class for a learning disabled child can be like.
He put together special reading materials formatted in a way to demonstrate how hard it is to read for a child with dyslexia, found pictures that can easily be misinterpreted and a range of other materials that are purposely difficult to decipher. He then has the participants read the challenging-to-impossible materials and reacts in the way many teachers react when they get it wrong.
He also delves into the common problems with short term memory and other issues, as well.
It’s very powerful, and does an extraordinary job of putting the participants in an an learning disabled student’s shoes.
At the end, he makes common sense suggestions about how to help a struggling student do better without further humiliating them.
It’s not often that I see things like F.A.T. City Workshop or the new book come out, but when I do, I can’t help but to get excited.
Actually showing the effect of complicated text layouts or poor educational practices in relation to dyslexia and learning disabilities can be far more striking than things like statistics.