Decoding Dyslexia with an Ivy Leaguer
Brian Meersma was diagnosed with dyslexia in third grade. He was removed from his regular classroom, placed in a special class, and relied on others to read to him. He never enjoyed books.
“When your child is struggling to read, and so much of what they come in contact with on a day-to-day basis is reading, it can be very discouraging. It sets them apart, and it can lead to isolation and diminished self-esteem when they can’t read,” says Kathy Stratton, Brian’s mother.
Once Brian discovered Bookshare and assistive technology, however, he began to take control over his own learning.
“One of the great things about Bookshare is I can hear and see the words that are being read, so instead of putting all my energy into decoding the words, I can use my energy to understand the content,” says Brian.
Brian excelled in high school and ultimately attended Cornell University.
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