Lukas Simianer has been building an e-learning platform for people with visual impairments for a couple of years. Part of what drives him is his own personal experience.
He grew up in poverty with a single mom, living in Section 8 housing in Roanoke, Virginia. When he was 7, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. At the time, Simianer said dyslexia was treated as a form of retardation. Now his dyslexia allowed him to see opportunities to help the visually impaired learn online
“Sometimes, as a person who communicates with body languages or social signals, socializing has been a difficult thing for me both audibly and academically,” Rogich said. “However, whether someone is allergic to something, physically disabled or in a wheelchair, we all have to socialize with each other. We can help each other within a community and grow up with many benefits from it.”
He always wanted to do the role after firefighters saved his life following a serious road traffic collision when he was 10-years-old but he was worried that his dyslexia would hold him back from being successful.
“It’s been the complete opposite,” says Bradley. “Dyslexia didn’t hold me back and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been amazing. So many people and teams have helped me so much and were able to give me support for the written and practical assessments.
Read the wonderful story of Chris Hughes who struggled as a child with dyslexia, however did not let his learning disability get the better of him and eventually now features as a CEO in a tech firm.
Chris Hughes is the co-chair of Skills Development Scotland’s Neurodiversity Workstream. In the final column in the series promoting neurodivergent talent, he issues a clear to call action for tech companies, both big and small, to give these talented individuals an opportunity.
DYSLEXIA, a learning disability that makes reading and writing difficult, is often a damning diagnosis for many. For some, it can feel like a lifetime sentence to failure. But James Watson proves that having success is possible for those challenged with dyslexia as he opened his own technology services and solutions company, Computer Consultants.
Read the story from master chef James Martin in our link for today. He was not aware that he had dyslexia until he was 30 years old. Read his story of struggles and how it has affected him, although he still was able to build a great career.
Read the story of the business man who gave up art college out of fear for his dyslexia that he believed would hold him back. Now in retirement his love for the art comes to fruition and he paints dogs.
Today a personal note. My daughter who is severely dyslectic will present her thesis today and take part in her defense to become a PhD. Just to underline that great things are possible with hard work and dedication.
Read the opinion from Stephen Stern, the chair of Jewish studies at Gettysburg College, about proposals to start learning disabled people instead “differently abled” people. He puts his case forward and disagrees with this practice and gives an extensive explanation for it.