To be an adult with dyslexia is often a very isolating experience. Once people finish their formal education, there is no longer a support structure outside of the family. As adults, many people feel embarrassed to admit that they have dyslexia and fear that disclosing the condition in the workplace will have a negative impact on their career.

To counter this isolation, two and a half years ago, a group of adults with dyslexia and similar language based learning differences began meeting to explore the relationship between their dyslexia and professional success by sharing compensating strategies and discussing the ways we have been able to advance in our careers. The group – “Professionals with Dyslexia” – has evolved and plays different roles for participants. Some people who attend the meetings have developed mentoring relationships, others have been inspired to go back to school, and some simply enjoy the opportunity to discuss our shared experience. Participants range in age and backgrounds from recent college graduates just entering the workforce to retirees, and include teachers, accountants, artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs and scientists. What we continue to learn from each other is that our dyslexia has many positive impacts.

On the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012, Steven Walker, President and CEO of New England Wood Pellet will speak about how his dyslexia contributed to ability to build a tremendously successful company at the forefront of the biomass energy industry. Mr. Walker was featured in the recent HBO documentary Journey Into Dyslexia.  For more information click here  or contact mabidaevent@seyfarth.com.

Meetings are by and for adults with dyslexia, though some feel more comfortable attending their first meeting with a non-dyslexic spouse or friend. The events begin with a social/networking opportunity before moving into a presentation and discussion. In keeping with the spirit of the events, light snacks are provided by a dyslexic caterer.

If you are an adult with dyslexia or a similar language based learning disability, please join us at 6:30 pm on June 7th.

Submitted by Kent Sinclair.  Kent is a Partner at the national law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is also the Vice President of the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA) and founder of the Professionals with Dyslexia group.



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  • Wondering if Landmark has a copy of “Journey Into Dyslexia” available for loan? It looks great! Not available at my local library. Only available to purchase for $20 through HBO. Any ideas?

  • Developmental reading disorder (DRD), or dyslexia, occurs when there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language. It is not caused by vision problems. The disorder is a specific information processing problem. It does not interfere with one’s ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Most people with DRD have normal intelligence. Many have above-average intelligence.’

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