I may be a little late to the party, but I’ve recently discovered a great project sponsored by Learning Ally, called the 1in5 Initiative. This initiative offers a place for dyslexics to share their stories via video or blog.
I’ve embedded one of my favorite videos. Quinn does a great job of demonstrating the effects of dyslexia in his science fair entry. The others are worth checking out, too.
It also offers a spot for people in our support structures to do so.
You can find the web page here. I’ll be contributing an entry to their blog in the near future, but they already have a very nice collection of videos up and quite a few blog entries.
As I’ve mentioned in entries prior, I feel that one of the best ways of helping others like us, and those who may not understand what we go through, is to share our stories. It can be a very hard thing to do, especially if you’re early on in your journey, but it can also help each of us as individuals.
Since starting this blog, I’ve found it easier to navigate some of my challenges because I’ve been able to share my little day to day experiences. When I get feedback, it helps me feel much less alone in an otherwise isolated world. Hopefully, others get the same sort of benefit.
However, you don’t need to share your story if you’re not ready, or simply don’t want to. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. You might get some benefit from watching and reading others’ stories, though.
So, if you get the chance, go ahead and check out the 1in5 Initiative.
If anyone has other places which offer a safe space to share stories, feel free to let me know. That doesn’t apply only to dyslexia, either.