When Lucca was in kindergarten his teacher began to notice he couldn't connect sounds with letters. She suggested getting him tested, because this didn't seem to match up with what she thought were his capabilities. Sure enough, the diagnosis was dyslexia. Throughout elementary he has had individual tutoring in phonics, and eventually landed in a fantastic school for learning differences called Briarwood in Houston.
The first day of his new school he said "Kids here think like me. Most of the kids have dyslexia, and I don't feel different from everyone". This began Lucca's healing journey of self-acceptance and understanding that while dyslexia has challenges, there are many benefits from this type of thinking. "I think in big ideas, but not in details", he said. This is true for many dyslexics, who are great macro thinkers, but putting the details into place is more challenging.
When asked why this relay was important to Lucca he said, "We are showing kids the cool things dyslexics can do!"
Kkerry Yonushonis wrote -
Between May 19 – 21, 2017, weather dependent, a team of student swimmers will attempt a historic open water swim by swimming the length of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The distance is approximately 30 miles, with each swimmer completing a portion of the swim in a rotating relay format.
All of the swimmers have dyslexia or have a family member / friend with dyslexia they are supporting. In addition, this event is being organized by Marathon Open Water Swimmer and Stellar Dyslexic, Kerry Yonushonis, along with her Business Partner and Stellar Mother of a Dyslexic, Courtney Turpin.
Each team member will raise funds for NoticeAbility, a non-profit dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build their self-esteem. They incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia, the best practices of special education, and the technology of Silicon Valley to construct learning curricula and teacher training programs for global distribution.
ABOUT NOTICEABILITY: 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.
*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
NoticeAbility will be following Kerry’s preparation and swim this summer on social media.
Kerry's Facebook: Kerry Swims for Dyslexia
NoticeAbility Facebook: NoticeAbility
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