This scholarly research article expands on the following:

Independent, scientific, replicated research recommends an as the most effective way to improve the reading, writing, and spelling skills of people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.

Oh, yeah, I know it sounds like I have it totally together and have long since figured out that having a learning disability is a gift. But in truth, it has been a long journey. Just as it is with anybody who has a disability, you have two choices: you can take the easy way out and accept that you will have a life with limits, or decide that you are going to fight for the life you want to have and are meant to have. I chose to fight.


Excerpt from: “Dyslexia Gene Controls Cilia in Brain Neurons”

These problems are unexpected when compared to the person's proven abilities in other areas.

In addition to unique brain architecture, people with dyslexia have unusual “wiring.” Neurons are found in unusual places in the brain, and they are not as neatly ordered as in non-dyslexic brains.


To read the entire press release, .

But I have trouble with other things. My mother and teachers call it a learning disability. This means I can't learn things as fast as other kids, and languages are harder.

Excerpt from: “NIH-funded study finds dyslexia is not tied to IQ”

What's good and smart about me? I have a good memory and can remember songs and what people say in movies. Animals love me because I'm not afraid, and they sense this. I'm good at playing the clarinet and the saxophone. And I can make anyone laugh with my voices and faces.

From a press release issued November 3, 2011

During middle school and high school, it seemed that no matter how hard he worked, he rarely made good grades—and regularly made bad ones. Fortunately, his parents didn't pressure him about his grades, except when they thought he hadn't given a class his best effort.

By the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

I am a very determined person, and I don't like being told that I have limits on what I can do with my life. I am the kind of person who believes that one person can change the world and make it a better place, and that you can do anything you set your mind to. For years, my main goal was to graduate high school, go to college, and then go back to Dr. Cutler and show her that she was wrong. That goal has changed. I no longer want to do this just to prove to everyone who ever doubted me that they were wrong. I want to do this because I know that I can. And when I do, I will be able to help children who went through the same thing I did.

To read the entire article describing this study, .

Identified with dyslexia in sixth grade, Charles Rachal always struggled in school. Even now, with college graduation in sight, he seems a little surprised at what he has accomplished.