I’ve noticed, on this journey of dyslexia with my children, that all too often the emphasis has been on the disability, and remediating that disability. Remediation is a good thing, but the disability and remediation are not everything. We should not miss the amazing abilities that come with dyslexia.
So, in this blog post I want to highlight and share one of my daughter’s abilities. You won’t mind a proud mother showing off a bit, will you?
My daughter recently won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This award was for a self-portrait in charcoal, that you can see above. First of all, this self-portrait received a Gold Key at the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are recognized with Gold Key Awards. This award then makes the submission eligible for national-level recognition. This year, 2012-2013, 230,000 entries were submitted to the national competition. Only 1% of the original 230,000 entries received national recognition!
We have had so many struggles over the years dealing with dyslexia, but in this last year of high school it has been a time to celebrate the strengths. And celebrate we did with a trip to the awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall in New York City! Actually, the highlight of the ceremony for my daughter was the surprise appearance of Usher!