Dyslexia is a nasty disorder. Yes, of course, any disorder is nasty, but this one is so stealth that for years those suffering with it didn’t realize it. What made it even worse was the children, who struggled in school to keep up with others, who read “normally.” To make matters worse, teachers and parents would only add to the problem by questioning the child’s intelligence or efforts.
Then, thanks to research, tests were developed and symptoms were spotted that helped diagnosis those with dyslexia.
Did you know that Orlando Bloom, Richard Branson, Erin Brockovich, Anthony Hopkins, Jay Leno, Keira Knightley, Pablo Picasso, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Turner and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf are all plagued by this disorder?
To help locals with dyslexia adjust to their condition, the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association has been vital in “promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy” for locals.
One of those at the forefront is Michelle Bufkin, Disability Accommodations Coordinator at SMU. She has just been awarded the DBIDA’s Excellence in Education Award for 2012.
In working with SMU students with learning disabilities and ADHD, she reviews psycho-educational documentation to determine appropriate accommodations for their college studies. In addition to her work at SMU, the Hockaday/Duke University graduate with a master’s degree from UT Austin “maintains a private practice for students with dyslexia, and talented and gifted students seeking college transition assistance.”
Congratulations to Michelle and for the progress made to help those find reading more than just challenging.
Photo provided by Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association