In second grade, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and two other learning disorders. One caused my eyes not to converge together, and I was seeing double to the point that images were stacked on top of each other. Not being able to see words or individual letters very well made learning even more difficult.
Some people have doubted my ability to be successful, but many others have gone the extra mile to help me out. Years of tutoring in reading, organization, and communication skills, along with speech therapy and therapy to train my eyes to work together made it possible for me to get to RIT. Once here, I was able to take advantage of time accommodations and technology like an electronic reader and Grammarly software. I’m happy to say I’m doing well as both a student and an athlete.
There’s no “magic bullet” for dealing with dyslexia or any learning disability. For me the best thing is to take things one step at a time and not get easily rattled. As a pitcher, if I walk someone I can’t lose my mind. I just have to focus on the next batter and get my job done. It’s the same with my education. I can’t think how will I ever get through college? It’s better to think how will I get through this semester? This week? I take it one step at a time; I take advantage of the help that is available; and I keep trying to improve.