In The Media

As you may have gathered, our Society has a very different view of dyslexia. The traditional stereotypical view is that dyslexia is a disease, a neurological disorder, which in our view, is very far from the truth. This is a message that we have been able to spread via TV, Radio and Print.


Bright Lights Section: SHIFT 2010 Vegas in West Vancouver North Shore News, November 2010

Representatives of the Whole Dyslexic Society hosted Shift 2010 -- A Vegas Night in West Vancouver, Nov. 6, at the West Vancouver Community Centre. The more than 130 guests enjoyed casino games, fine food and dancing, bidding on auction items, as well as live entertainment, all the while raising funds for the society, which addresses the needs of dyslexic individuals, their families and the community while ensuring a safe place for learning, healing, social interaction, and growth and development.

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Dyslexia: Learning disorder or gift? By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now Published: March 27, 2010

Imagine you're struggling to read the words on this page, and the letters get flipped backwards, spun upside down and turned into an incomprehensible mess. That's a bit what it's like to have dyslexia. But is it a learning disorder or a special gift?

For eight-year-old Freya Enright, dyslexia used to mean struggle. She would get so frustrated from school, she would come and throw screaming fits, and up until a few weeks ago, she couldn't spell her last name.

Making it fun: Eight-year-old Freya Enright and mom Hayley work on Freya's reading skills. The Grade 3 student received tutoring in a unique method designed to tackle the challenges of dyslexia, and had great results.

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"It was very difficult in school. I was having a lot of trouble, it was very stressful and (I couldn't) really spell and I couldn't get my math right," said the Grade 3 St. Michael's student.
Freya took a course with Sue Hall, a North Vancouver woman trained in a special technique, developed by author Ron Davis, to help people with dyslexia.

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Dyslexia Can Be A Gift, Group Says By Wanda Chow, Burnaby Newleader Published: March 19, 2010

Wayne Gretzky has always been cited for his legendary ability to see the play unfolding, positioning himself according to where the puck would be, not where it already was.

Some believe that gift is as much due to the celebrated hockey player's dyslexia than anything else, a gift that also comes with obstacles.

The Whole Dyslexic Society believes many people with the learning disability are "visual-spatial learners" who see everything, including letters and symbols, in three dimensions, said the society's Donna Doerksen.

Sometimes such learners are unable even to comprehend some spoken words unless they can associate images with them, she said.

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Unique Program Helps Dyslexics Fulfill Potential By Fiona Hughes, Vancouver Courier Published: Friday, August 07, 2009

Teaching method adopted from American author of The Gift of Dyslexia

"All the other methods out there come from the sound-based world, even if they have multi-sensory facets, they are still based in sound [phonics]," she says.

He'll be working with Sue Hall, a Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator who uses the Davis method, based on the experience and work of Ronald Davis,...

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It's not always as easy as 1-2-3 By Tralee Pearce - Published in Globe and Mail – September 2008

Kids with dyscalculia have trouble deciphering numbers, in the same way dyslexics have trouble with letters, researchers say.

It may look like arts and crafts, but when Nicolas Lafreniere plays with balls of clay, he's actually learning the basics of math.

As the Vancouver child moves a clay rope up and down a grid of balls under the watchful eye of his tutor, he's adding sets of the same number in order to understand multiplication tables. It's a remedial method that is working for a number of children like Nicolas, 9, who have trouble reading numbers.

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Unraveling 'math dyslexia' Published in Globe and Mail – September 2008

Although school has been back for less than a month, it is likely that many children are already experiencing frustration and confusion in math class. Research at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada could change the way we view math difficulties and how we assist children who face those problems.

Daniel Ansari is an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Western. He is using brain imaging to understand how children develop math skills, and what kind of brain development is associated with those skills.

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Shift - In the North Shore News

North Shore News (Sunday Oct. 28, 2007) article about The Whole Dyslexic Society's Shift Event. Click here to read the full article.

Seeing dyslexia as a 'gift,' rather than disability - Karen Gram, Vancouver Sun Published: Saturday, November 03, 2007

Vancouver business wunderkind Glenn Bailey heads a diverse group of businesses, each one enjoying double-digit growth. The 45-year-old founder of Canadian Springs and owner of Wa-2, Liberty, Bailey Development and others, Bailey sees a niche where others see a barrier.

"I walk through the house before it's built," he explains.

He has the gift, man. The gift of dyslexia.

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