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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spotlight on our Network: A Dyslexic's Tips for Success

Categories: Spotlight on our Network

Lime Fellow Cliff Weitzman (Brown ’16) is Dyslexic and has listened to over 722 hours of audiobooks this year alone. He shares his story and his tricks to turn text to audio on any computer…

I was diagnosed with Dyslexia when I was in third grade. I was a very precocious child, so when I couldn't learn how to read it was incredibly frustrating for me. I would sit at the public library for hours, every other day, trying to read a book but I just could not get the hang of it. My reading was so slow that every book would become boring and I would fall asleep at my desk regularly, only to wake up 40 minutes later still on the second page of Harry Potter. My sister, who is three years younger than me, was already reading better than I was. I was determined to do great things with my life though, so over time I found creative ways to cope with Dyslexia. This year alone for example, I've listened to over 722 hours of audiobooks on Audible - the equivalent of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone times 90. Not every textbook in high school or college has an audiobook though, and neither do emails, or Wikipedia, or the New York Times. So I figured out how to have my computer read everything out to me. The amount of freedom I felt once I was able to do this was tremendous. I could finally exercise my abilities at full capacity unburdened by my reading speed. I could spend less time struggling to read and more time understanding; and finally, all the information available on the internet was accessible to me. 

I know a lot of other people struggle like I did, so I started a YouTube channel to share the tricks I've learned for overcoming Dyslexia. I want to empower other people like me to achieve what I have. I want to give other people the freedom to access information and learn because I value it so much myself.  

I made this video to teach students with dyslexia or who are blind how to turn any text on one's computer into an audiobook:

and this video to demonstrate how to activate Text-To-Speech on a Mac so it will read out anything to you.

My best,

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