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Dyslexia Insight #1: How to Avoid Shame

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Dear Friend,

How to Avoid Shame? Let me introduce myself: My name is Ben Foss, and I am dyslexic. When I was a kid, my mother read out loud to me. When I went to college, I'd fax my term papers home to her in New Hampshire so she could read them to me over the phone and help me find spelling mistakes. I know what it's like to feel lonely, and I want to tell dyslexic people—especially dyslexic kids and their parents—that you're not alone.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing insights I’ve gained on my path from special education to completing my law and business degrees at Stanford, and eventually becoming the Director of Access Technology at Intel.

Here’s insight number one: When it comes to dyslexia, most people focus on reading or spelling. They should instead focus on shame, how to avoid it and how to find your dyslexic child's strengths. I explain more in my first post for

In the blog, I’ve also published the version that I wrote without the benefit of spell check or word prediction. It’s important to show what it's really like to be dyslexic and that I am indeed like your dyslexic child.

I look forward to sharing more, and I hope to hear from you in the comments on

Ben Foss

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