My son, Aidan, is dyslexic. A year ago, as he was trying to figure out how to distinguish himself in a sea of kids for whom school and standardized tests are a breeze, he decided to write to successful dyslexics to ask for advice. We’ve recently completed a memoir about this experience. It’s titled: “Looking for Heroes: One Dyslexic Boy, One Year, 100 Letters.” Publication details coming soon.
"It’s not about statistics. It’s about using individual stories to create that connection, that empathy. Then, rational arguments, like numbers, can play a supporting role."
- Nicholas Kristof
"When you’re lost in a good story, it’s not arbitrary, it’s not pleasure for pleasure’s sake. It’s biological, it’s chemical, it’s a survival mechanism."
- Author Lisa Chron
"Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds but, in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry — and that’s what it means to be a social creature."
- Neuroscientist Paul Zak
"Listening is an act of love."
- David Isay, StoryCorps