Dyslexia Empowerment now on Learning Ally!

My book is now available in the Learning Ally library! Check it out!

If you are unfamiliar with Learning Ally, take a moment and visit their site. Learning Ally is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing audio resources and support to those who need it. They started out as Recording for the Blind, but over the years it became clear that Learning Ally was helping a much broader community of people. Enter dyslexics.

Learning Ally allows its members access to thousands of audio titles (many of which are textbooks), opening the doors to education for all of us.

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What Dyslexia Looks Like in My Brain

 

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When I came back to get my results, the lab coat–wearing researcher looked very nervous. She couldn’t make eye contact with me and fidgeted in her seat. The more anxious she looked, the more nervous I got that this wasn’t going to go well. She finally looked up from her clipboard, and the following conversation ensued.

“Ben, I don’t know how to tell you this…but you’re really dyslexic.”
“Really? Excellent!” I meant it. I was greatly relieved.

Read the rest of Ben’s recent post for the National Center for Learning Disabilities: What Dyslexia Looks Like in My Brain.

A story behind the Intel Reader…

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From an article in Stanford Lawyer that gives some background on how I got into the assistive technology business in the first place!

BEN FOSS: ADVOCATING FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE

Ben Foss traces the 
inspiration for his invention, the Intel® Reader, to his studies at Stanford.

It was on the first day of a class taught by Intel 
co-founder Andy Grove when Grove, who is a Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) lecturer, asked his students why 
Intel had gotten out of the memory chip business.

“I answered that it seemed to me that Intel was in the horse and buggy business and then the car came along,” says Foss. “Big mistake.”

Read the rest of the article here…