October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. One way to mark the occasion is to pick up a copy of Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters and to share it with someone with dyslexia who needs a little inspiration. Or you might share it with someone who needs to understand dyslexia.
This is the story of one boy, Aidan Colvin, who, over the course of one year, wrote 100 letters to successful people with dyslexia asking for advice. What did he learn? Spoiler alert: The ten who responded told Aidan that there was no secret to success—except persistence, humor, improvisation, and grit. Every person who responded acknowledged the challenges of living with dyslexia and shared a personal perspective that only someone with dyslexia can provide. Both the book and Aidan’s own story are infused with life lessons, including the importance of heroes in young lives and a conversation with Jay Leno about choosing one’s own path.
If you are attending IDA’s conference later this month, visit our bookstore in the exhibit hall to meet Aidan in person. He will be signing copies of his book from 12:15 to 12:45 on Friday, October 28, 2016. Pick up a copy and enjoy as we celebrate our learning differences throughout October!
Aidan Colvin is the 2016 recipient of the Remy Johnston Award of Merit. He has gone from a discouraged school-aged child to an accomplished young man. Aidan’s journey to find encouragement and answers from influential people living with dyslexia led him to write a book about his experiences. His novel, Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters, resonates for those struggling with dyslexia and with motivation. Aidan Colvin’s work is a testament to the idea that a small ripple can create a big wave. Aidan will receive his award during the general session at IDA’s conference on Thursday, October 27, 2016.
Copyright © 2016 International Dyslexia Association (IDA). We encourage sharing of Examiner articles. If portions are cited, please make appropriate reference. Articles may not be reprinted for the purpose of resale. Permission to republish this article is available from email@example.com.