We recently received this heartfelt letter from a viewer of Read Me Differently, who watched the film via our ongoing free streaming offer for Dyslexia Awareness Month. We wanted to share it with you today in hopes that you might empathize her experience:
Thank you for making your film available to stream for free during the month of October. I also purchased it. I appreciated your handwritten note on the DVD case! This weekend I viewed it twice.
Your video hit me hard emotionally. After the first hour I had a BIG cry. I am glad I viewed it alone. Two days later I watched it again with my husband. He said it was a great film and he could see why it hit me in so many tender places. It was good to have someone help me digest it.
I am 58 and came to find out about dyslexia and attentional problems later in life when my son struggled with spelling, handwriting and maintaining attention. My grandmother also lived in a mess. She was impacted by bipolar [disorder], as was my mother. My father has trouble with spelling, reading, and discerning his left and right. So my genetic stew is an interesting mixture. Thankfully, when I was in fifth grade my teacher told my mother I was having trouble reading and she cleaned a tutor’s house in exchange for getting reading help for me.
That helped, but I wish someone would have explained to me that I have a learning disability. That would have helped greatly. I went to college but needed to study in an attic to concentrate. I had to have help with writing papers. I got by with a lot of help from my friends.
When I got out of college I was mostly a wife and mom with odd jobs. The same year my son was diagnosed, I started working at his school as an aide to the school psychologist. That was fantastic. She was insightful and started to teach me about learning disabilities. That led into a full time position as an intervention teacher at a private elementary school. When I see a student with dyslexic like warning signs I direct parents to resources to help them understand dyslexia better. Of course, I know I am not qualified to diagnose dyslexia but I want parents to have information so that they can get the diagnosis and demystify it for their children.
Many are, like your parents, worried about “labeling” their children. Your life demonstrates how valuable it would have been for you to have known. Thank you for making this film and letting us all view some hard places in your life. As Richard Lavoie said, it is a launching pad for discussion.
My daughter is 32 years old and often my ADD and dyslexia have made relating to me difficult. I can see better now that I can be annoying! I hope she will view Read Me Differently soon. The phrase, “Parallel Universes” hit very close to home!