Barracuda Bodhi - Swimmer for the 2016 Bicoastal Aquathon

In just 17 days, a team of proud students with dyslexia will take to the waters of Martha's Vineyard to participate in the 2016 Bicoastal Aquathon. We would like to introduce you to these amazing individuals. Aquathon Team Member; Barracuda Bodhi, Age 8Can you describe the most challenging moment you have had with your dyslexia? "When I was learning to read it was very frustrating because I couldn’t read like all the other kids. I kept asking myself what was going on… “Am I just not working hard enough? Am I just not cut out to do it?” Now I don’t feel that anymore because I’ve gotten very good at it. I put a lot of work into it. Also I had a very good teacher. She made me put in a lot of effort. She kept pushing me. I also had a reading teacher outside school which also helps. I learned that if I put a lot of effort into something I could really do it. I know that I will have a little bit of trouble reading down the road but now I know that I can just get through it. "What advice would you have for someone your age with dyslexia? "Push through it, just keep working, if you keep working you’ll get better. Before you know it you’ll be better than your grandparents." If you could tell everyone in the world one thing about dyslexia, what would it be?  "It’s hard but it’s an advantage because if you can get past the reading, you’re life is going to get a whole lot easier. It’s harder than everyone else but before you know it you’re at the top of the pack." What is your dyslexic superpower?  "Speaking. I really know how to phrase things (when I’m not writing or reading). When I work for my dad my speaking is very powerful because I have to give out flyers for NoticeAbility and I have to explain it. When I work for my mom’s organization, I have to tell people all about it. “Wow you explain that well” might be a classic comment." What is the thing about you that you wish everyone knew? "To nondyslexics: Well, um, I’d probably say “Even though we’re not good at reading, don’t make fun of us because someday you’re going to be the one having the trouble. One day you’re going to follow in our footsteps but we want to follow in your footsteps right now” To dyslexics I’d say “We may have trouble reading but soon we’ll be at the top of the pack with other things.” "What do we need to change about school to make it more interesting/better for dyslexic students? "I think we need more encouragement and a little bit more attention from the teachers and some good reading programs that will help us learn." TO DONATE BY CHECK Please make checks payable to 'New Profit Inc”  In memo line mention  PLEASE mention 'NoticeAbility Inc'New Profit Inc Attn: P. Dao / NoticeAbility 200 Clarendon Street, Floor 44 Boston, MA, 02116 1 team, 2 oceans, 26 miles, and you! 

During the summer of 2015, NoticeAbility’s Founder, Dean Bragonier, was the first person to successfully swim around Martha’s Vineyard Island. This year NoticeAbility is upping the ante. On Sunday, August 7th, NoticeAbility’s Bicoastal Relay Team will complete a 26.2 miles, open-ocean swim, passing the baton between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. NoticeAbility’s team will be anchored by Kerry Yonushonis who will attempt a solo 20-mile swim from Catalina Island to Long Beach, CA. At the same time, Dean will lead a team of dyslexic students in a 6.2-mile relay swim along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Together the Pacific and Atlantic contingents will complete the world’s first Bicoastal Aquathon.

NoticeAbility is a nonprofit organization that designs and delivers proprietary curricula to students with dyslexia. Grounded in social-emotional learning research, executive function methodology and project management techniques, NoticeAbility offers authentic inquiry experiences in vocational subjects that cater to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind: entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture and narrative storytelling (film, literature and stage). Your donation helps NoticeAbility create curriculum for and by dyslexics.