By: Ben Foss, Contributing Writer Published Date: March 07, 2014
Jim always did what he said he would do. This set James Gandolfini apart from many people, especially those in Hollywood. I was lucky to know him for four years before he died far too young in the middle of last year. He shared with me stories of his mother, a lunch lady, and his father, a high school custodian—and, with his characteristic knowing grin, of his "issues that made school tough."
Jim went on to be one of the greatest actors of his generation, and he used this platform to tell the story of the underdog. He produced a number of documentaries on wounded warriors. And in a conversation we recorded together about dyslexia and my recent book, he stood up for people who have dyslexia, ADHD and other related profiles. He believed in hard work and that you had to take a risk to be successful. These are core experiences for people in the community he talks about here.
I chose not to release this footage last year. After talking with his family recently, we decided it was time to honor Jim's wish to tell the story. My hope is that his celebrity and commitment will carry the message to people who need to hear it.
I miss Jim for so many reasons. For the loss to his family. For the hole in the center of a great network of friends. And for the friend he had become to the new Dyslexia Movement. I intend to honor his legacy by doing everything I can to tell the story of the hard working folks in our dyslexic community. If you want to get involved with this Movement, help us do what Jim said he wanted to do: End the shame associated with dyslexia and play to kids strengths.
See Ben’s “Native Tongue”I have found that people have a hard time believing my dyslexia when they see only the final product of my written work. These days, I generally speak to a computer and use Dragon Naturally Speaking to have it transcribed, greatly increasing my speed and accuracy when writing. For this blog, that material went through four rounds of edits, including structural, copy and proofing, further polishing the material.
Below, you will see the first paragraph of this blog written as I would write it in raw format. In this case, I listened to the text and transcribed it without the benefit of spell check or word correction now standard in most word processors. I publish it to let you see “behind the curtain” Yes, I am dyslexic for life and proud. Consider this my, and all dyslexics, native tongue.
jim always did what he said he would do. This set him apart from many peole, epsecially in hollywodd. I was luck y to knwo hi for four years before he died far too young in the middle of last year. He share with me stories of his mother, a school lunch lady, and his father, a school custodian, and with his characterisic knowing grin, if "his issues that made school tough."
By: Maggie Frank-Hsu, NCLD Communities Manager Published Date: March 03, 2014
Last week’s #LDchat-ers shared their experiences, concerns and thoughts on some new research we shared from our 2014 State of LD report. Here is some of what they had to say and resources they shared.
Want to join the conversation? Every Wednesday at 12 pm ET, NCLD hosts a discussion on Twitter called #LDchat. People from all over the country and around the world log on each week to discuss a new topic, and you can, too! Here’s how: Read More >
By: NCLD Public Policy Team Published Date: February 28, 2014
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (“TEACH”) Act, bipartisan legislation that would help strengthen the accessibility of educational technologies for college students with disabilities.
New technologies hold great promise for students with learning and attention issues as they purse higher education. Technology can adapt to the individual learning needs of each student. However, not all technologies in our colleges are accessible to students with disabilities, even though non-discrimination laws require accessibility. This is because these laws were passed long before the use of these technologies became widespread in colleges. With the TEACH Act, Congress is recognizing that it’s time to update the law. Read More >
By: Maggie Frank-Hsu, NCLD Communities Manager Published Date: February 27, 2014
Every day at NCLD, our team receives questions from parents, educators, policy officials and people who have learning and attention issues from all over the country. Each month, we share some of the questions and the NCLD team's responses to them. We hope these can be helpful to other members of our community who are experiencing some of the same issues. Should My Child Repeat the Third Grade?Read More >