Our Vision

With the potential to have a heightened ability to think holistically and creatively, see the bigger picture, and develop enhanced spatial knowledge, people with dyslexia can be uniquely suited to solve the problems of tomorrow. Our initiative is designed to highlight these strengths, to lead a movement to create future STEM leaders and entrepreneurs by building confidence in students with dyslexia and equipping educators on helping them to learn.

 
 
 

Unlike the average student who falls on a bell curve, people with dyslexia fall on a barbell curve with the majority following two disparate paths.  

  • The first path shows how with support, people with dyslexia excel: 35% of entrepreneurs, 40% of self-made millionaires, 35% of engineers, and 50% of NASA engineers all have dyslexia.  In fact, MIT calls dyslexia the MIT disease. 

  • Sadly, on the second path, 32% of high school drop outs, 70% of teens in juvenile detention centers and 48% of the prison population have dyslexia. 

Our goal is to create a tunnel through the middle of the barbell so that people with dyslexia fall on the positive side of the curve.

The Impact

 

15%+

of all people are dyslexic

 

78%

of kids with learning disabilities have dyslexia

 
 

35%

of entrepreneurs are dyslexic

 

Dyslexic Edge 2019

Agenda

Saturday, March 23, 2019

SESSION 1

  • Lime Connect

  • Trends in STEM Education - Qualcomm Labs, Dr. James A. (Jim) Egenrieder

  • Evaluating for Dyslexia - Mindwell, Dr. Rachna Varia

  • Your Dyslexic Students Have Superpowers - Gibby Booth

 SESSION 2

  • Assistive Technology - Emily Miller 

  • Dyslexic Edge - Talents for the Workplace of Tomorrow - Tom West

  • Educate the Educator on How to Value the Strengths of Children with Dyslexia - Mary Stowe

  • The 4 Superpowers of Math: Empowering Students with Dyslexia - Marilyn Zecher

 SESSION 3

  • Dyslexic Youth Panel  - Catherine Reed

  • Teaching Hands On STEM - SciGirls, Laahiri Chalasani

  • Dyslexia Simulation

  • Minding the Gap: Strategies for Supporting Older Students in Math - Marilyn Zecher

 LUNCH

  • Designing the Workforce of the Future - Deanna Doan, Eleccion

Sponsors

  • OG Systems

  • Perspecta

  • Eleccion

Exhibitors

  • Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)

  • Children’s Science Center

  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

  • Decoding Dyslexia Virginia

  • Donna Owens Photography

  • Dyslexia is Our Superpower Podcast

  • Dyslexia pqbd

  • George Mason University College of Science

  • Mindwell Psychology

  • National Center on Improving Literacy

  • OG Systems

  • SheSoft

  • Sliding Doors

  • US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation