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Wake STEM ECHS Student Accepts National Award

Aidan Colvin Speech
 
Aidan Colvin has already distinguished himself as a national figure in understanding dyslexia.  Dyslexia causes those with the condition to have difficulty recognizing letters and number as they are written.  To someone with dyslexia, the letters may appear jumbled or backwards which can present challenges in learning through written language.  According to information on the International Dyslexia Association website,
 
"Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with     this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success." https://dyslexiaida.org/dyslexia-at-a-glance/
 
Aidan wrote a book "Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year," about his experiences as a boy with dyslexia looking role models who had become successful despite their dyslexia and hoping to learn how they overcame the obstacles dyslexia presents.  Because of his efforts, the International Dyslexia Association named Aidan, the winner of the 2016 Remy Johnson Certificate of Merit and asked him to speak in acceptance at their recent conference in Orlando, Florida.  On October 27, 2016, Aidan was presented this award during the general session of the conference.  Aidan's acceptance speech at the conference can be found here: https://vimeo.com/189192531 .
Ryan Haymore


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