According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia impacts one in five children. The latest action at the nation’s capital could lead to more research and school programs. Retired NHL player and Dyslexia Advocate Brent Sopel, didn’t know he had a learning disability until 10 years ago when his daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. He shares, “We connect every day on a different level.” When Sopel couldn’t connect with his studies as a kid, he turned to hockey, which earned him a Stanley Cup title, but only about an 8th-grade level education.
The conversation about America’s most common learning disability moves from the classroom to Congress. Recently Arkansas Congressman Bruce Westerman invited Brent Sopel, along with dyslexic students, their educators and doctors from around the country, to the nation's capital to spread awareness about America's most common learning disability. Brent was proud to represent both the Brent Sopel Foundation and the Dyslexic Community during the panel in Washington D.C. Brent knows first-hand how difficult overcoming Dyslexia can be, and he knows the potential that can be unlocked once Dyslexia is overcome with appropriate teaching methods such as the Wilson Method. As Brent stated during the panel, "There are some brilliant people in this world that are getting let down that can change everything." To read more about the panel in our nation's capital, click here for a news article by KXNet. Please help fund Teachers who provide Wilson Method instruction to Dyslexic Students by Donating to the Brent Sopel Foundation by clicking here or on our Donate button in the menu.