I’ve said many times and will keep saying it as long as the problem exists that it breaks my heart when I hear about someone seeing their own or their child’s dyslexia diagnosis as a negative. It was one of the main reasons I started my podcast, Dyslexia Is Our Superpower and is also why I love getting behind other people’s projects aimed at the same thing: re-framing dyslexia. So naturally I had to jump on the band wagon when I heard about the My Red Letter campaign.
It’s a group led by parents aimed at bringing awareness to dyslexia. Dyslexic adults and kids are encouraged to submit a ‘Red Letter’ in any format such as a letter, poem, story, drawing etc. in red ink. Red because many dyslexics had school work returned with dozens of corrections in red pen (myself included). This year the focus is on dyslexic champions. These are positive role models who helped people embrace their dyslexia.
This is an Australian based group and submissions were only for residents of Australia. So even though I didn’t send in a letter I’ve been giving a lot of thought to who my dyslexic champion is. Quickly I realized it was my business coach Laura. I felt inspired to write her a letter of thanks—especially as I don’t think she has any idea the vast impact her positivity about my dyslexia had on me. So here is my Red Letter:
A handful of years ago I opened up to you about my dyslexia and when you told me it was such a great thing I’ll be honest I wanted to swear and shake some sense into you (let’s just say that it was a really good thing we were on the phone :-). Not having dyslexia yourself it just felt like you had no idea what it was really like and therefore no right to talk about it in a positive light.
However, that conversation set me on an incredible adventure that so far has led to writing a memoir about my dyslexic journey, starting a podcast collecting dyslexic stories, and getting certified as a Wild Writing instructor and teaching Superpower Writing Workshops—just to name a few. It’s been such a crazy, exciting ride and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Your insistence that my dyslexia was a good thing eventually wore me down and I began to look into that being a possibility. This then led to me calling it my superpower and realizing how much it has helped me. I just want you to know that I’m so incredibly grateful to you for that.