TEAM CAPTAIN ANDY - SWIMMER FOR THE 2016 BICOASTAL AQUATHON

In just over 1 month, 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; Andy, Age 16 Can you describe the most challenging moment you have had with your dyslexia?  When I was still undiagnosed and I was asked to read an entire page of a challenging book out load in class. What did you learn from it? How has that moment lead you to become the powerful dyslexic that you are today? At the time, I felt awful.  I wanted to quietly get up and walk out of class and never return.  But since being diagnosed, I have learned that I have to educate those around me about dyslexia and have empathy for those who don't want to learn about it and feel it is easier to judge others instead of accept. How has that moment lead you to become the powerful dyslexic that you are today?  I just keep my head up and push forward.  I have also learned how important it is to advocate for myself in the classroom. What advice would you have for someone your age with dyslexia?  Don't let dyslexia define you!  You are your own person with so many talents, find them and "run with them." If you could tell everyone in the world one thing about dyslexia, what would it be? It's a positive, not a negative. That we may struggle in some areas in school but that does not define us as a person and what we can do with our minds. What is your dyslexic superpower? Bringing people together and pulling everyone's strengths out for a common cause. What is the thing about you that you wish everyone knew?  That I am not stupid, I just learn differently. What do we need to change about school to make it more interesting/better for dyslexic students? As a Dyslexic, I find it easier to learn through experience and examples.   I am much more a visual/verbal learner. TO DONATE BY CHECK Please make checks payable to 'New Profit Inc”  In memo line PLEASE mention 'NoticeAbility Inc' New Profit Inc  Attn: P. Dao / NoticeAbility 200 Clarendon Street, Floor 44 Boston, MA, 02116 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.