If it wasn’t for Macintosh, I wouldn’t be on a computer. If you’re on the fence about Mac get off it and come over to the bright side of computing experience.
Macintosh is naturally ‘dyslexic friendly’. Maybe that’s because Steve Jobs the developer is dyslexic himself. I always rave about Apple with good reason. It’s simple, logical, and easy to use, and it gets better every year!
Last year we found many products that enhance the dyslexic user. Go to MacWorld Expo and see all the vendors. IDG puts on a great show. The Expo starts in January this year.
Teachers; It Takes a Village of Readers Award – A multisensory, structured language training program
Ultimately someday my goal is to have reading programs specific for dyslexic’s. Not me necessarily but have FreeThinkers University fund grants to help others have them.
Today Forest Park Review reported “Garfield was recently named the winner of the “It Takes a Village of Readers Award” by the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. The award is handed out annually to only one school in the state that provides an “exemplary program for children struggling with learning to read.” By Katie Drews Editor
The reading program is called “SLANT”. The SLANT System for Structured Language Training® is a research-based, multisensory, structured language training program combining professional development for teachers and systematic curriculum materials for students. I’m always attracted to the multisensory side of teaching. Teachers can see more information about the program on the SLANT site. I would love comments on your helpful discoveries for other teachers to benefit from this if it works. Or if Slant would like to elaborate about the program. http://www.slantsystem.com/about_slant
Hey it’s The Fonz saying it’s cool to read, Henry Winkler endorses Smart kids with LD books.
“It does not matter how you learn… You have greatness in you. Your job is to figure out what your gift is and give it to the world.” – Henry Winkler Actor, director, producer, author, Honorary Chairman, Smart Kids with LD
It’s not news Henry Winkler’s dyslexic, he’s been an advocate for dyslexia for a long time. Today I came across this website where he endorses ‘Smart kids with LD’. Till the end of the month, they are having a read-a-thon. He suggest reading some of the books below.
Determination is like spilled water flowing on a mission, it doesn’tstop until it reaches its goal. It doesn’t always know its being pulledby an invisible force manifested by gravitation, the human spirit. Thedirection isn’t always as relevant as its missions journey that survivesobstacles, because of the compelling pull of gravitation to itsdestiny. A journey that has no end because it resides in the heart andsoul. -Stacy Poulos Author / Life In A Nutshell
Photo “My Favorite Perspective” City Of Refuge, HI; By Stacy Poulos 2008
After nearly seven months on her own, sailing around the world in the deep blue sea, days away from her finish line, Jessica Watson contemplates her “two more sleeps till the finish line!” (An Australian phrase). She’s thinking about a hot shower, fresh food and everything else! She’s more excited than if it were Christmas.
“I think it’s going to take a fair bit longer than that for the whole ‘I’ve just sailed around the world’ thing to sink in. It’s just too big to get my head around!” Jessica wrote on her blog.
Although this 16-year-old says she enjoyed being away from her “annoying” brother, she also misses him. And of course her Mum and Dad. Ella’s Pink Lady, a 30 foot yacht, assisted her round-the-world trip, but not with out reminding her the dangers of such a journey. [See previous article]
Saturday, May 15, 2010 Jessica Watson sailed into Australia’s Sydney Harbor, past thousands of boats awaiting her arrival. Thousands of people lined up along the harbor, inspired by her young and unwavering bravery. From a sea of ocean and fish to a sea of people, everyone gave her a hero’s welcome. I wish I could have been there.
When you look at her journey on a map, the GPS path resembles an spike in a heart beat monitor. The sea can be unforgiving but graced Jessica with the right of passage. It was an uplifting passage to all, especially herself, and a boost for those who followed her journey. The beginning of her journey started when she didn’t feel she had a lot going for her because of her dyslexia. Her mother read her a book “The Lion’s Heart” that sparked her determination to be the next youngest to sail around the world solo. Although there is not an official ‘world record’ kept anymore (because it is to dangerous to challenge), it was about the journey. The outer journey and the inner journey. Jesse Martin did it when he was 18, and now Jessica Watson has at 16. As everyone looks to Jessica and cheers her on, I look behind her, and the fact she rode in and was welcomed in front the most famous masterpiece in Australia, “The Sydney Opera House” designed by Jørn Utzon, also dyslexic.
It’s not often, not often at all, when a fellow dyslexic (or anyone for that manner) gives me the chills when I hear about their journey. Or that it stays in my head throughout the day, constantly thinking, “Wow!!” But this journey isn’t one I would recommend, even for a seasoned adult. It is one that would wrap up a lifetime of searching for answers in one good day, and certainly force you to grow up in one big wave. This is the journey of sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson. Right now, she is somewhere Down Under in the deep blue ocean on her last stretch towards home of her six month journey around the world. She started out on October 17, 2009, determined to beat the record of Jesse Martin, the youngest to sail around the world unassisted. Monday, April 19, 2010 marked the sixth month into her journey of over 20,000 miles.
She sails on a sponsored boat she named “Ella’s Pink Lady.” Another sponsor, Panasonic, is allowing her to video tape her journey and SatCom which allows her to communicate it back home via satellite. In the meantime, she has been journaling her experience almost bi weekly through blogging photos and stories to her website , and videos onYoutube , tweets ontwitter , etc.
If the thought of this journey doesn’t give you white knuckles and make you want to hold your breath thinking about it, get this: Before she started her journey on a 10-day test run, she was broadsided by a huge 63,000 ton cargo vessel, the Silver Yang. The ship ripped her sail and broke her mast like a toothpick, sending it crashing down in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, ALONE!
Imagine. It’s not as if you can turn on the porch light, look out to a lit street and identify the Mac Truck that hit your house and call for help. You’re alone, you’re asleep, you’re 16, (maybe a little crazy), you’re in the middle of the ocean on a small boat, it’s 2:30 in the morning and suddenly you get hit by something of which you’re not sure of yet. You look out your porthole thinking, “What the heck!!” ‘Cause whatever it is, it’s so big you can’t see both ends to identify it. If you had the chance to yell at whoever hit you, they’re steering the boat from half a football field away and can’t hear you. When the cargo ship hit her, they didn’t even bother to stop, leaving her in the dust to survive on her own.
Did I mention that she is 16?
The journey alone has been an inspiration but not without mixed reviews. Many think the parents are crazy for letting her go in the first place. Many might sit alone on their boat after an encounter like that and think it’s a sign from God not to go on.
Or if you’re one tough cookie like Jessica Watson, you would be empowered by surviving such an encounter. An encounter with a 63,000 ton cargo vessel, an encounter with an ignorant public, or an encounter with a school system that doesn’t understand how to teach a multi-dimensional Freethinker, a Lion heart and spirit.
What ails this teenager to take such a daring journey? Inspiration came from the book The
Lionsheart about Jesse Martin’s journey and, (in the back of her mind), a bit of
frustration with her thoughts of her future with dyslexia. Jessica Watson didn’t just
wake up one day after being inspired by the book; she was already an avid sailor
for years. Since she started, there has been a lot of media coverage about the ride
and a lot of ignorance from the public. Like one idea, “How can she write when she
Oh, you mean like how dyslexic authors Hans Christian Anderson,
Agatha Christie, Earnest Hemingway, Steven Cannell, Fannie Flagg, Patricia Polacco,
Debbie Macomber, Andrew Dornenburg, William Butler Yeats, Stacy Poulos, and
author Mark Twain (just to name a few who managed to write books). For me, she is an
inspiration. She reminds me of my youth, of not understanding my dyslexia yet being
determined to follow my heart.
As I know, she (and others) wonder about her dyslexia and what future she might
have. She was even quoted as saying, “I didn’t have anything going for me.” I can
understand the reason why one might feel this way. What she doesn’t realize now
(but hope she will in her last stretch home) is that she sails in the spirit of so many who
have shared her frustration and succeeded. She is surrounded by them.
A few more dyslexic names that came to mind when reading about
this journey are explorers: Inventor William Lear, inventors Orville & Wilbur
Wright, aviator Charles Lindbergh, 19-year-old playwright Danielle Mullen,
Arctic explorer Ann Bancroft and astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. She
also has dyslexic neighbors: Managing Director of Parle Foods Australia, Anthony
Parle (supplier of McDonalds Pickles), and singer, songwriter, and activist John Lennon.
Oh, and the most famous building masterpiece in Australia which she is pictured sailing in front of. The Sydney Opera House was designed by Jørn Utzon, also dyslexic.
These are your colleagues, Jessica Watson. You have a greater
future than you could ever imagine.. starting with your motivation and sense of adventure.
Harness your assets, and you have more than you know.
Go Jessica Watson, God Bless your journey.
Please join my FreeThinkers University, it would be my honor! You are an example of why
I am so passionate about producing Dyslexia TV and FreeThinkers University.