Our Free Interactive Audio Course: Dyslexia - Obstacle and Opportunity


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As a company that has a strong focus on assisting people who may experience a learning difference like dyslexia we have decided to create a resource that takes elements from the vast amount of information available about dyslexia and presents them in an easily accessible format.


Our course was co created by our founder - Hinrik - and a dyslexic entrepreneur - Sylvia. When starting this course you will be greeted by Hinrik as he tells you a bit about Atlas Primer.


You will then get to hear a bit about Atlas Primer, and how we intend the resources in this collection to be used.


Dyslexia Explained

We will then start with the Dyslexia Explained section where we have converted numerous resources to audio and made them accessible in one continuous flowing format.

  1. The first resource is by the Mayo Clinic and their explanation of the symptoms and causes of dyslexia.

  2. We then go to the various signs of dyslexia and how to overcome it, as explained by Sally Shaywitz.

  3. Following this we will get to hear about how the British Dyslexia Association explains how to see dyslexia differently.

  4. Then we get a definition of dyslexia in order to understand what dyslexia is by Kelli Sandman Hurley.

  5. Arije-Aike then will outline why it is not the best idea to trust the existing labels associated with dyslexia.

  6. Followed by a resource from Touch-Type, read and spell where they address the question of “Is dyslexia a disability?”.

  7. The Made by Dyslexia group then explains some of the Dyslexic Thinking skills that can almost be seen as superpowers by others.

  8. Junior Learning group also adds to this by stating some of the advantages of dyslexia.

  9. Ronald D. Davis, in the penultimate resource for this section, discusses the 8 Basic abilities.

  10. Dean Bragonier finally finishes the section off by outlining the true gifts of a dyslexic mind.


A student's guide to success

After the first section we hope you have managed to gain a solid understanding of the world of dyslexia and all of the opportunities and challenges that dyslexia may bring. In this next section we aim to explain what are the strategies available for students to succeed with harnessing their dyslexia in order to only experience the positive elements.

  1. iNews starts this section by outlining the benefits of having dyslexia.

  2. Dyslexia Resource follows up the first section by then stating the tips for studying with dyslexia.

  3. Affordable Colleges also feed into this by also adding a section about how to study when you may have dyslexia and dysgraphia.

  4. In these last two resources of this section we also look into the top interventions that are used to treat dyslexia. The first resource is about the Davis Dyslexia Correction methods as explained by Abigail Marshal.

  5. Followed by the Orton-Gillingham Teaching approach as explained by the Orton-Gillingham Academy.


Success stories

Now that you should have a solid enough understanding of what dyslexia is, and how a student can approach dyslexia in order to really make the most of their education, we will now look into some of the success stories of people who had dyslexia. The list of the bios here consist of:

  1. Special Feature - How I overcame dyslexia by Sylvia Erla Melsted, artist and entrepreneur.

  2. Nelsan Ellis, Actor by Jane Wallace.

  3. Whoopi Goldberg, Actress by The Academy of Achievement.

  4. Jay Leno, Comedian by Kathy Crockett.

  5. Richard Rogers, Architect by Alix Boyle.

  6. Karen Santucci, M.D., Children's Emergency Department Medical Director & Section Chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

  7. Charles Schwab, Founder of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

  8. David Schoenbrod, Professor of Law at New York's Law School by Liz Attebery.

  9. Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice.

  10. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California.

  11. Garth Cook, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist.

  12. Carol Greider, Ph.D., Director of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Johns Hopkins University by Kathy Crockett.

  13. Sir Jackie Stewart, World-Champion Race Car Driver by Jane Wallace.


Inclusive design and why it's important

This list is definitely not complete and we feel that there may be a lot of people who may have had dyslexia but were not diagnosed, resulting in the true list being a lot greater. Following the inspiration from all of the amazing people who were dyslexic and still excelled in their fields, in this penultimate section we will dive into the areas of how inclusive design can also help mitigate the challenges people with a learning difference may experience.

  1. Designwanted starts off this section by speaking about the benefits that come form designing for all.

  2. Following this we look into inclusive design. Here Prethyusha Moduga explains how inclusive design practices build empathy and benefit everyone.

  3. Finally we go to Wikipedia to go through Inclusive design to round this section out.


Innovation and technology

We are now at our final section. Before we dive into it let's have a look at what we may have gained so far; we got a top level understanding of dyslexia; we got tips on how students can overcome the challenges of dyslexia with study skills that they can incorporate when they learn; we heard about some of the great successes that people with dyslexia have had; and we have had a brief introduction into the ways that design can play a role in assisting people with learning differences like dyslexia. Finally in this section we will look at some of the innovation and technology in this space.

  1. We start with our own founder speaking about what we are trying to do at Atlas Primer in order to democratize access to learning by minimizing the barrier that people can encounter with text based learning.

  2. We are also joined on this by Sylvia Erla Melted who also speaks about what she is trying to do, and how AskStudy are also trying to use innovation and technology to help people with dyslexia.