Dyslexics Wanted

Dyslexics Wanted

Dyslexics Wanted is the podcast of the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia

Episodes

May 4, 2022 40 min
Jordan invites a super fun guest to the podcast, sci-fi writer R.S. Mellette.   R.S. shares his personal story of coping with dyslexia and overcoming it to successfully work on the hit television show Xena: Warrior Princess.  He has taken his experience in the TV and film industries to craft a female-led YA (young adult) sci-fi novel sure to captivate readers of all ages.  It is a space opera entitled, Kiya and the Morian Treasure ...
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Today we take the microphones “across the pond” to interview a dynamic creative force whose work is celebrated in England and around the world.  Jordan invites you to meet inter-disciplinary artist Michelle Baharier.  She recounts enormous challenges as a child trying to read and write and how the kindness of a helpful teacher made such a difference in her life.    Art has always been Michelle’s  outlet and mode of expression.  And...
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December 15, 2021 25 min
Today Jordan welcomes a remarkable young woman with boundless energy, creativity and a keen business sense. Heidi Williams is an ex-competitive rock climber and parttime ski-patroller who loves the outdoors.   She is a highly popular  vlogger in the travel space  with thousands of international followers.  Heidi combines her love for the outdoors with prowess in business.  She founded  Mona, a successful surf and athletic wear comp...
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July 26, 2021 22 min
Today Jordan introduces us to sci-fi novelist Andrew Nehring, who is the author of  “The Corrupted Light Chronicles” series and his latest entitled “David Massie and the Quantum Flux, Book 1.”   Possessing a vivid imagination with a flare for creative writing, Andrew is succeeding as a  writer, despite being told by some when he was younger (in a galaxy far, far away) that his dyslexia would hold him back, would burden him the rest...
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July 15, 2021 23 min
Today Jordan welcomes a dynamic teacher and student team to the podcast.? Meet Gabriela Diller, special educator, advocate and educational consultant.? She recently founded Lotus Advocacy, offering tutoring, advocacy and consulting for special education success.? Gabi specializes in executive functioning, coaching, transition skills and college and job readiness. One of her former students is joining us as well.? Manny Valmir gradu...
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May 24, 2021 24 min
Jordan Rich welcomes Taylor Lowe to our podcast.   Taylor is an Emmy Award winning motion graphics designer and video producer currently sharing his many of years of ongoing professional experience with the next generation of content creators at Park Avenue Christian Academy ( PACA) in Florida. His personal story with dyslexia began when he was an young elementary school student.  With hard work, determination and a winning attitud...
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March 7, 2021 26 min
A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Barry Weiner, a true renaissance man who has enjoyed success in movie and documentary production, business and real estate and public service, despite deep struggles with learning during  his school years.  Things changed in a big way when Barry enrolled in the Program for Assisted Learning at Curry College in Milton.  There he met and was mentored by the late Dr. Gertrude Webb and he credits...
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March 7, 2021 31 min
A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Jessica Minihan, special educator, behavior analyst and author of “The Behavior Code: A Practical  Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.  We discuss Jessica’s systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies.  It’s all about getting our students back on track to learn! If you have a story ...
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February 19, 2021 24 min
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Phil Newman, licensed social worker on staff at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Phil discusses the pressures faced by children with learning differences and what’s being done to help them.  He is also the co-founder of Next Step Academics,  a ground breaking organization that addresses students’ interrelated educational and behavioral needs.   Phil and his colleagues are helping...
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We are proud to present this very special podcast episode. The Program for Assisted Learning at Curry College in Milton recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Founded by the late Dr Gertrude Webb, a pioneer in teaching children with learning differences, PAL has changed the lives of countless students over the years.  This podcast features audio from the virtual reunion where former students and educators reflected on the succe...
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September 14, 2020 20 min
On today’s episode, meet the author of a groundbreaking book that is a must-read for parents, educators and anyone concerned with the education of children with dyslexia. Micki Boas has written, “ One in Five:  How We’re Fighting for our Dyslexic Kids in a System That’s Failing Them.”  Micki talks with Jordan about battling the system that was neglecting her own children and she shares some of what she has learned about cutting thr...
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August 26, 2020 21 min
Dyslexics Wanted goes international once again and welcomes Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey, a trailblazing woman from Ghana who was diagnosed as a young adult with dyslexia.  Since then she has worked tirelessly to help her country recognize and help those with dyslexia. She recently started the Africa Dyslexia Organization to champion awareness and advocacy in Ghana and across Africa. Hers is a tale of overcoming adversity while off...
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August 26, 2020 22 min
Today’s guest is a dyslexic father of a daughter who also has dyslexia. Jeff never knew he had it until his daughter was diagnosed.  Since then he and his wife have lobbied for legislation in California to recognize learning difficulties. He  is also a teacher for the state of California and work as a counselor for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jeff is also a dedicated soccer coach for youth, high school, colleg...
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July 8, 2020 20 min
Today, Jordan introduces us to Sandra Carter from Birmingham, England.  She shares her wonderful story of meeting the challenges of dyslexia during her lifetime, finally being tested and diagnosed at age 40.  By age 50 she realizes her dream of becoming a published science fiction novelist.  She currently has three books available with more on the way. Sandra also gives back, mentoring others while using many creative arts to explo...
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Today Jordan introduces you to another remarkable young person.  Abigail Steeves lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The 14-year old 9th grader has dealt with dyslexia for years, but only recently received her diagnosis.  She hasn’t let it stop her or even slow her down.  Abigail is a leading climate change and environmental activist who has led large rallies and organized events to bring attention to the causes she is passionate about...
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April 28, 2020 12 min
On this special edition, Jordan welcomes back to the podcast Steve Wilkins, Head of School at the Carroll School in Lincoln, an independent day school for elementary and middle school students in grades 1 – 9 who have been diagnosed with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.   Steve addresses the quick transition to remote learning, the impact of Covid-19 on the educational and emotional well-being of the students and cr...
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January 29, 2020 18 min
Jordan had a chance to connect with Wes Hamilton, who shared his incredible story of how he’s living his best life after being paralyzed in a shooting.  Wes reminds us that within our uniqueness lies our greatness---an inspiring message shared by all of us at the Webb Center. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved wi...
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January 16, 2020 31 min
Jordan Rich, recently sat down with Laura Vanderberg, Director, and Lori Lubeski, Professor, of Curry College's PAL Program to hear about how it continues to grow while fulfilling Dr. Webb's mission of helping students "challenge strengths and strengthen challenges.” If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved ...
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Today Jordan meets a remarkable young entrepreneur named Christianna Alexander. She’s the oldest of three children and faced many learning challenges early on in school. Struggles continued into the 2nd grade and she was forced to repeat the year. But, it didn’t take long for Christi to develop more confidence and better grades when she transferred to a school that focused on helping kids with learning disabilities. She not only di...
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December 27, 2019 13 min
A conversation between Jordan Rich and master glass blower Andy Magdanz of Almost Perfect Glass, a hot glass studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Powered by solar energy, the studio is home to a fantastic array of glass artists, sculptors, and jewelers. Because of his dyslexia which resulted in poor reading and writing skills in school, Andy was ridiculed by some and often told he wouldn’t have the stuff to succeed. But like so many...
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