“Journey Into Dyslexia”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond discuss their documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia.” It explores and debunks myths of the most prevalent learning disability, dyslexia, which is neurobiological in origin and typically manifests through difficulty in reading, writing, spelling and math, and affects up to­ ten percent of the population in the U.S. "Journey Into Dyslexia" debuts May 11, at 8 pm, on HBO2.


Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond

Comments [26]

Australian Dyslexia Association from Australia

A touching a documentary- thank you!

Feb. 01 2013 09:57 PM
Kildonan School from Amenia, NY

Thank you for helping to raise awareness regarding the issue of dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. The Kildonan School is thrilled to be hosting a screening of "Journey Into Dyslexia" this Saturday, May 14th, as part of our Founder's Day celebration. If any listeners are interested, you can find additional information on our webpage:

May. 12 2011 12:20 PM
dennis mcconkey from brooklyn

I just signed on for my twentieth year as a teacher at The Churchill School and Center. I have witnessed the work of amazing educators-by "educator" I am referring to both the students and teachers.
Any student would benefit from the educational model at Churchill. Those of us who were educated in the late '60s thru the '70s may not realize that the tools available to our teachers were taken away from our/today's children through the educational budget cuts of the Eighties. In the past forty years we have learned more about educating children than in the history of education. Unfortunately, the social/economic climate we live in does not seem to want to support those discoveries. Education is an investment whose return takes close to twenty years but isn't it the greatest payout ? The Churchill School and Center community makes that investment in the very lucky students who find their way there. Hopefully the tide will again turn this time in favor of investing in all kinds of learners.

May. 10 2011 11:23 PM

Amy - Japanese has both pictographs and an alphabet - how amazing are they as designers and engineers of ANYTHING!!!
I am impatient with how narrow our thinking and education are, lost a sister with dyslexia - she was a genius!!! She felt she deserved to be the one to die because she didn't do well in school! School was so deadening for most of us! And our culture is too darn linear/left-lobed! We need balance! We need to respect other ways of perceiving - I saw the pythagorean theorem explained instantly with water in a museum in Toronto - we are just so backward!

May. 10 2011 03:12 PM
Joel Hubbard from Smithtown

What does a dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac do at night? Lays awake wondering if there is a dog!

May. 10 2011 02:04 PM
Caroline from NYC

Thank you for helping to bring this important issue to light. If there are any listeners interested in learning more about dyslexia, the Child Mind Institute is hosting its annual event on dyslexia and ADHD on May 17th.

Trudie Styler, an actor, producer, and Sting's wife and partner in many endeavors, will speak about her life with dyslexia and ADHD. It is sure to be an inspiration to parents, teachers, and students!

For more information, visit:

May. 10 2011 01:12 PM
Sylvia from Westfield, New Jersey

My family will watch the film.

My oldest son is a currently at PhD candidate at Columbia University. Two years ago he took a year off after getting his Masters and during that time he finally got tested and was confirmed what he had suspected for many years. In first grade he was placed in resource classes until 5th when his teacher advised me that he should be placed in regular classes. He continued to struggle through school to keep up with the other students. Book reports were horrible many times we stayed up until 2:00am to get it done. He eventually developed his own way of learning.

Despite his great academic success he is still angry about his early struggles and frustrations.
We are all very proud of his achievements, he is a great example to others with this disability.

May. 10 2011 01:08 PM

Em - I'm a spaz on a keyboard - My mother has two lovely handwritings - one left hand the other right. She's in her 90s, an Ivy League grad (with grad school!) and a portraitist asked her if she were ambidextrous becaues her face is so perfectly symmetrical. She's also a lot of fun. This is a problem?

May. 10 2011 12:59 PM
Amy from Manhattan

To anonyme, interesting questions! I doubt Hebrew, Arabic, & any other right-to-left (but unidirectional) languages have fewer dyslexic readers, but early Greek was written w/the directions of the lines alternating (called "boustrophedon," meaning "as the ox plows"!). I wonder if that made any difference?

May. 10 2011 12:58 PM
S. Milks

Quite a while ago I read that fMRIs have shown that when Chinese people read, they use the same part of the brain as Westerners who have dyslexia. The structure of the Chinese language is so different that it requires a different brain function than the Roman alphabet. It's an interesting idea to ponder regarding cultural differences.

May. 10 2011 12:57 PM

Please comment on students who are fluent readers but can't read numbers

May. 10 2011 12:57 PM
Bob from Bay Ridge NY

i never made spelling errors even i wasn't reading a lot in my teenage years. now i do a lots of typing errors and i don't recognize the difference between two different way of spelling even if i know there is one (disorthographia?) i think this is related to reading lots of poorly written text on the internet and also the way how i type. i just started typing without watching my fingers and it looks like it helps.

May. 10 2011 12:56 PM
j from bklyn

the orton-gillingham method is supposed to work for those w/ spoonerisms as their symptom. is bg info on the founder.

May. 10 2011 12:55 PM

As a public high school teacher, I can tell you that no matter how well intentioned any teacher is, until we reduce class sizes, it will continue to be impossible for us to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities, dyslexia included. When I have 34 students in each of my 4 ninth grade classes, it is difficult to keep all the various IEP's straight, let alone actually teach to them. I feel guilty every year, as I know I am failing to give students the assistance they need.

May. 10 2011 12:54 PM
Joel Hubbard from Smithtown

Studying Maya at Autodidactic Dyslexic School of Hard Knocks!
Thank You for your work!

May. 10 2011 12:54 PM

Can you ask about numeracy.

May. 10 2011 12:54 PM
R. Malach from Bronx, NY

I recently retired from the DOE after more than 27 years as a special educator. In the past ten years there has been a concerted effort to NOT identify, assess or provide services to children who have learning disabilities. Teachers are forced to walk a parent around the block outside of the school building to "secretly" tell them of their rights to have their children assessed and receive, if given, mandated services. Principals do not want special educators to adapt curriculum or do independent learning because they are told they must follow the mainstream curriculum, despite the fact that the materials are not appropriate for the students.

May. 10 2011 12:53 PM

What happens when a left handed person is forced to use their right hand and how does that effect their dyslexia?
How does using a keyboard effect dyslexics - does it make it easier or harder?

May. 10 2011 12:52 PM
melissa milgrom from New York City

PLease address standardized tests: this year's ELA exam will not honor IEP's for dyslexic students. THis test is used for high school admissions. Discrimination? Can they ignore an IEP? Isn't that illegal?

May. 10 2011 12:52 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Do the authors discuss the different forms of dyslexia? Like many things, it's not the same in everyone who has it. I have a very smart friend w/dyslexia who talks about the other neuro features she has that not all dyslexics have.

And the other stigma dyslexics have to deal with is that they may not be stupid but they're just not trying hard enough. (This is what happened to Theo on "The Cosby Show.")

May. 10 2011 12:52 PM

How about dyscalculia but not dyslexia?

May. 10 2011 12:51 PM
melissa milgrom

The NY state ELA exam this year holds ALL kids accountable for spelling, even my daughter who is dyslexic with an IEP. This is infurating because the test is used for high school admissions.

Flies in the face of everything progressive, putting efficiency before knowledge.

May. 10 2011 12:49 PM

Can you ask about languages that are pictorial and dyslexia? (i.e. Mandarin - or how about Hebrew, where one reads right to left)

WInston Churchill!!!

May. 10 2011 12:47 PM
Andre from NYC

Can you ask your guests to discuss dysgraphia and how it compares to dyslexia?

May. 10 2011 12:46 PM

this routine works on dyslexia - and lots of otehr things - need to make a habit of it - Donna volunteered in the Ashland OR schools to very good results

Worth a try - very interesting life and person.

May. 10 2011 11:57 AM
Susan Crawford from NYC

The International Dyslexia Assn. and Dr. Sally Shaywitz of Yale, eminent dyslexia researcher and author of "Overcoming Dyslexia" put the dyslexia rate at 20 percent of the population, not 10.

Susan Crawford, Director
The Right to Read Project

May. 10 2011 10:13 AM

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