The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

  • by Ben Foss
  • Narrated by Ben Foss
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Finally, a groundbreaking book that reveals what your dyslexic child is experiencing - and what you can do so that he or she will thrive.
More than 30 million people in the United States are dyslexic - a brain-based genetic trait, often labeled as a "learning disability" or "learning difference", that makes interpreting text and reading difficult. Yet even though children with dyslexia may have trouble reading, they don't have any problems learning; dyslexia has nothing to do with a lack of intellect.
While other books tell you what dyslexia is, this book tells you what to do. Dyslexics' innate skills, which may include verbal, social, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical abilities, are their unique key to acquiring knowledge. Figuring out where their individual strengths lie, and then harnessing these skills, offers an entrée into learning and excelling. And by keeping the focus on learning, not on standard reading the same way everyone else does, a child with dyslexia can and will develop the self-confidence to flourish in the classroom and beyond.
After years of battling with a school system that did not understand his dyslexia and the shame that accompanied it, renowned activist and entrepreneur Ben Foss is not only open about his dyslexia, he is proud of it. In The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan he shares his personal triumphs and failures so that you can learn from his experiences, and provides a three-step approach for success:

Identify your child's profile
Help your child help himself
Create community
Packed with practical ideas and strategies dyslexic children need for excelling in school and in life, this empowering guide provides the framework for charting a future for your child that is bright with hope and unlimited potential.


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First book on dyslexia of its kind

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan to be better than the print version?

Yes, hearing Ben tell his story first-hand is great! Plus, if you're dyslexic, it's accesible, and you can also share the reading experience with your child.

What other book might you compare The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan to and why?

There are other great books on Dyslexia, most notably The Dyslexic Advantage, but this is the first book I've read that helps parents and dyslexics actually create a plan.

What about Ben Foss’s performance did you like?

His authentic narrative, pace, intonation, and sense of humor.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That integrating your learning disability is critical for success.

Any additional comments?

I've worked in the field of learning disabilities education for fourteen years, and this is the first book I've read on dyslexia that provides a roadmap for parents to help empower their children. It is the book I wish I had copies to give to every parent who walks through my door, who has recently learned that their child is dyslexic or that their school is failing them. While components like research, science, and stories of success are woven throughout the book, Foss' main objective is to help parents build a plan for their child, which includes identifying strengths, navigating the school system and legal rights, how to integrate accommodations, including assistive technologies, and, perhaps most importantly, how to talk with their child about their dyslexia. Why is this so meaningful? Most texts on dyslexia provide background; this book provides a path. It's the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for the parent of a dyslexic child, and it's accurate, meaningful, and sincere because Foss himself was identified with dyslexia at age eight.Dyslexia is a hidden disability, not just because it can't be seen, but also because many dyslexics, including the author for many years of his life, try to hide it. Embarrassment, shame, guilt, and stigma are all components of why people hide their learning disability. Foss provides great stories, analogies, and actionable steps that steer people away from looking at dyslexia as a disease. As Foss says, "there is no cure because there is no disease." Tools, like the strength profiles map, allow parents, and dyslexics themselves, to begin building a plan for how to leverage their strengths and create an environment in which they will be succesful. There are also form letters and templates, like those to help parents navigate the IEP and legal processes, and numerous resources, both in the book and referenced on the web, that will help parents and their children immediately.There are several great books on dyslexia, but if you are a parent of a child identified with a learning disability, or you even think s/he may have a learning disability, this is THE FIRST book I would recommend reading. Foss teaches dyslexics how to integrate their dyslexia, which is the most important component of all.

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- Benjamin N. Powers

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What made the experience of listening to The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan the most enjoyable?

There are too few books out there from the insider's experience. I know I could have used this myself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan?

Out of pure good fortune I had a blind friend and my parents got me signed up for books on tape as a child -- back fifty years ago. I got chills thinking about just how far ahead I've gotten because I can "ear read" well and at high speeds.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan?

Ramps did not end architecture and accommodations will not end education. I will be suggesting more to people whose children have these traits that they don't have to "fail into" learning the way that they learn easiest.

Any additional comments?

I hope that in a future edition Ben Foss covers the homeschoolers like my parents -- and like me -- who found that childhood was important, made sure of plenty of social life outside of school, and tailored education to fit their child. My son, who has nearly the same developmental timeline as I had was diagnosed Autistic rather than ADHD like I was. I raised him based on how I was raised (it worked after all) and he is now a successful adult who will raise more children to this world with their own gifts.

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- Julia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio