Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity



It has been a busy summer for us at The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.  We kicked off our Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative at Yale University on August 4th and 5th.  On the evening of August 4, we honored two dyslexic heroes: entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte and space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock.  One of our favorite photos from the evening is below...

Pictured, l-r: Bennett Shaywitz, M.D.; Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Ph.D.; Harry Belafonte; Sally Shaywitz, M.D.; Rev. Keith L. Magee, Th.D.

Click here to see more photos, and video from the New Haven conferences.  Read about Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock by clicking here.

On September 21, YCDC-MDAI  presented during a session at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.. In addition to a presentation by the Shaywitzes, award-winning journalist Jeff Johnson moderated a panel of dyslexics that included actor Nelsan Ellis, actress and producer Gina Belafonte, and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun (see right column for her dyslexia story).  The panel is pictured below:

We will be sharing more photos and videos in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check back to our MDAI Photos & Videos page, and stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


This YCDC-MDAI festivities continue into the fall, with Town Hall events in multiple cities.  Learn more in the next section.  

Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative Town Hall Events 

The Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative (MDAI) will be hosting Town Hall events in a city near you this fall!


Join us, community leaders, policy makers, educators, and successful dyslexics this fall at one of these locations:


Atlanta, Georgia: October 1, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio: October 18, 2013

Houston, Texas: November 1, 2013

Oakland, California: November 22, 2013


More details, as they are available, can be found at:



Dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people.  
It crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.
You can transform a life.


What Does Extra Time Really Mean?
A First-Hand Look...

"Imagine walking into an exam, knowing all the answers, but cognizant that you'll never complete it in time. Rather than spend time answering the questions, you try to strategize about which questions you can answer the fastest, rereading each question a few times. In this scenario, which we'll call 'Nightmare Scenario Number 2,' you're also dyslexic. So, not only do you have to decode the symbols on the page, you also have to work through the nerves you have from knowing that you have all this extra work to do while taking the test, but not the extra time. "  Read More...


Allison Schwartz is now a Ph.D. student, and was featured in The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, which is now on a multi-city road show--a screening could be coming to a city near you! 

The Big Picture Roadshow

About The Film:
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
 provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.

Shining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of The Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia. Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, The Big Picture beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.


Click here to learn more about the roadshow. 


Before we sign off, we wanted to tell you about a great blog entry offering a list of assistive technology to help you, your child, and/or your students with school work.  The blogger is a dyslexic student himself, so these are products that he uses, too!  Check out his suggestions, by clicking here. 



The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity


Got Dyslexia?
You're in Good Company!

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun

Ambassador Moseley Braun shares her dyslexia journey with YCDC.  Read it here.


"There are a lot of kids who, with just a little support, could make a tremendous contribution if a diagnosis is used to  tailor their education..."  

-Ambassador Moseley Braun 


Daymond John

Daymond John, entrepreneur and Shark Tank star, is also dyslexic.  He reflects on his success: 


"My mother always said, 'It takes the same energy to think small as it does to think big,'" John says. "So dream big and think bigger."     


 Read more here. 


Victor Villase´┐Żor

Victor Villase´┐Żor could barely read when he decided to fulfill his dream of being a writer. Today, he has written nine novels, and 65 stories; he also is now a slow, but enthusiastic reader.


 Read on... 




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