Friends of Quinn website provides community for people with dyslexia
Updated: 07/03/2012 10:44 AM
By: Cheryl Wills
Quinn Bradlee has dyslexia and he says he is often surprised by how few people understand what the reading disorder really is.
"The whole theory that we read backward is a myth,” said Bradlee. “I don't know where that came from. We get words confused more than read backwards."
Dyslexia happens when the brain does not recognize certain letters and symbols, which makes reading difficult. Bradlee has launched a new website called friendsofquinn.com, which unites a community of people with learning disabilities who need support and resources. And if you look closely, you can see this is no ordinary website.
“We also use a font called Dyslexie that was designed by a person with dyslexia and the font is designed, so that the eye doesn't invert letters or flip them upside down. We're the first website in the world to use it,” said Beka Economopoulos of the Friends of Quinn website.
And the site also frowns upon the term 'learning disability.' This online community prefers 'learning difference.'
“People with LDS are not disabled. They learn different and the site really caters to that community,” said Economopoulos.
In addition to a blog and resource page, the one stop shop website encourages users to submit diaries about their personal experiences without fear of ridicule. Many student advocates, like David Flink of Project Eye to Eye, are encouraging young people especially to log on.
"The stigma is really strong, and if we are trying to break down a stigma, we have to create a safe space,” said Flink.
After initially struggling in grade school, Quinn Bradlee graduated from college and is an entrepreneur. In his growing online community, he wants to help others celebrate their 'differences' and do the same.
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