Alex’s story

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Scott’s story

Hi, everyone! I'm Alex (Alexandra)!

I have dyslexia and dyscalculia, but I'm not letting that stop me! I am planning to major in electrical engineering when I graduate from high school in 2018. Since I am Scott's younger sister (see Scott's story below), I had the benefit of the results of his trials with respect to tutoring styles, resources and tools.

My advice to parents: have your child tested as soon as you suspect a problem (don't wait until 3rd grade). Early intervention can make all the difference! You can learn more about me at


I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was very young.  My dad has it, so my parents knew to look for the signs.  My sister has dyslexia, too.  Interestingly, each of us has different symptoms and degrees of dyslexia. 

We tried different types of therapy, but they didn’t help.  We were all frustrated, especially me.  I wanted to learn to read, but I couldn’t.  At the time, my favorite books were the Transformers© books.  I asked my mom to read them to me over and over again.

One day, I asked my mom to read my brand new Transformers book to me and she refused!  She called it tough love.  I called it torture.  I begged and cried.  Little did I know, Mom was crying in her room, too (she didn’t want to hurt me, but she didn’t know what else to do). 

I took my book to my room and stared at the letters, willing them to hold still and make sense.  It took a very long time, but eventually, with time, practice and help, I read that book all by myself.  Once I accomplished that, I kept going, grabbing every book I could get my hands on!  It was slow at first, but I’m getting better every day!

Now, all of that hard work has paid off!  I scored in the 98th percentile in the nation on the ACT college placement test.  I have also been offered full ride scholarships by four universities, including my first choice university, which I’ll be attending to learn computer engineering.  I’ve even been offered an internship at NASA!

With hard work, perseverance, creativity, and support, I have done what was once thought impossible for me.  With those same resources, I know that all of you can do the same.


In the Journal Gazette newspaper

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