Videos—Dyslexics Speaking Up About Their Experience

Here are links to helpful videos where adults and kids with dyslexia—including famous folks—talk about their experiences, and where you can learn more about dyslexia

“Dyslexia Heroes—The World Is Made By Dyslexia” 
From the Made By Dyslexia folks
The world is a better place because of dyslexia—see why! 

First Global Summit about Dyslexia October 2018—Highlights
From the Made by Dyslexia folks

“The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind” TEDx Talk 
Dean Bragonier 
Great overview of what dyslexia is, and dyslexics’ strengths and challenges.

“Because I’m Dyslexic” 
Famous folks talk about their dyslexic experience. 

Henry Winkler PBS Interview On Being Dyslexic
Great short interview about Henry Winkler’s life as a dyslexic, including his challenges, and the book series he wrote for dyslexic kids.

Dyslexia Awareness Part 1: Module 1 - About Dyslexia 
From the Made By Dyslexia Folks 
"About Dyslexia - Celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Maggie Aderin-Pocock join expert teachers from two world leading dyslexia schools to share their wisdom and expertise in these inspirational Dyslexia Awareness Dyslexia Awareness Training films produced by Made By Dyslexia. Millfield School UK and Schenck School USA are both pioneers in the field of dyslexia and the first schools in their respective countries to successfully support dyslexic students and focus on dyslexic strengths. These films have been incorporated into 5 Dyslexia Awareness Training modules designed to help teachers, educators and parents understand dyslexia, both its strengths and challenges, gain essential knowledge in how to recognize and support it, and create a dyslexia inclusive classroom." 

“The Dyslexic Advantage, What You May Not Have Heard About Dyslexia” 
From The Dyslexic Advantage authors Brock L. Eide, MD and Fernette F. Eide, MD 
Inspiring overview including interviews with famous dyslexics. 

“What Are The Dyslexic M.I.N.D. Strengths” 
Dean Bragonier 
Short video with great explanations of the four areas where dyslexics excel. 

“The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia” TEDx Talk 
Kate Griggs 
Helps you to rethink your perception of dyslexia and the way learning differences are approached. 

"Choose Strength, Not Shame"
Ben Foss, dyslexic, prominent entrepreneur and activist and the founder of Headstrong Nation, a not-for-profit organization serving the dyslexic community, talks about his journey of dyslexia and moving from shame to strength. 

“The Gift of Dyslexia” 
Professor John Stein  
Professor Stein talks about the talents bestowed upon individuals with dyslexia. 

“Dyslexia, An Unwrapped Gift” 
Chris Smart 
Articulate British teens talk about their experience. Since the publication of this video, research has discovered that 1 in 5-10 people are dyslexic, not 1 in 25. 
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“Dyslexic Advantage” 
Tom West, author of Thinking Like Einsteinand In The Mind’s Eye 

“How Education Can Make You Feel Stupid” 
Richard Branson 
An inside view from a super-successful entrepreneur. 

What Parents of Dyslexic Children are Teaching Schools About Literacy
PBS Newshour, Special Correspondent Lisa Stark
"Fewer than 40 percent of fourth and eighth grade students nationwide are proficient readers. learn about how Arkansas now requires teachers to learn how to teach young children in a way that benefits dyslexic kids and all children to learn to read more easily. Using phonics in a specific way, including with tactile methods is the best way to teach all kids to read. Arkansas was in the lower percentiles of producing literate kids. As programs like these are implemented across the country using methods that help dyslexic kids—1 in 5 kids is dyslexic!—these proven methods, based in scientific fact, help ALL kids learn to read more easily.Now, led by parents of children with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading and spelling difficult, some states are trying to change how reading is taught. Special correspondent Lisa Stark reports from Arkansas, where a group of determined advocates have upended traditional reading instruction."

Positive Dyslexia 
Professor Rod Nicolson talks about the advantages of dyslexia. 

How to Prove Others Wrong
Jonathan Mooney
Jonathan speaks about his journey from being an outsider to being successful. 

“Inside The Hidden World of Dyslexia and ADHD” 
Headstrong Nation 
“In Headstrong Nation’s first film, we provide an overview of dyslexia and attention deficit disorder while exploring the brave lives of diverse individuals persevering in a world not designed with them in mind.” 

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Here are links to help nondyslexics understand what dyslexics experience

Title: Through You Child’s Eyes 
Description: How a dyslexic child feels, a simulation for you of their experience, a professional explains. 
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Title: How Difficult Can This Be—The F.A.T. City Workshop (F.A.T. = Frustration, Anxiety, Tension) 
By: Eagle Hill School Outreach and Richard D. Lavoie, Director
Description: Video of volunteers (of parents, teachers, educators, therapists) going through a simulated experience of what it is like to have a learning disability. This is not specific to dyslexia, but includes dyslexia.
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Title: Dyslexia for a Day Simulation Kit 
By: Dyslexia Training Institute
Description: “A Simulation of Dyslexia is a kit that can be used by individuals or groups of experienced teachers, teacher training candidates, practitioners, immediate and extended family members, or anyone interested in learning more about dyslexia and what those with dyslexia often experience with reading, writing and processing.  The kit walks participants through five different simulations: two reading, two writing and one processing simulation. It is designed to help individuals gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia.” 
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Title: Online Dyslexia Simulation Is Compelling, Powerful, and Wrong 
By: Carolyn D. Cowan
Description: An item published on the internet quickly got widespread attention (including CNN and Wired). It gave a simplistic visual account of “This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia” which basically entailed looking at a printed page where many letters move around constantly. Author Cowen, herself dyslexic, writes, “I feel pretty confident saying that this simulation is NOTHING like what it is like for most people who have dyslexia.” Learn more about what dyslexia is (and what it is not) in this helpful article.
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