"What Dyslexia Looks Like in My Brain"

In a little while, you'll be receiving a letter from Windy Row Learning Center, asking for donations to help us in our work of giving children the gift of reading. The children who come to Windy Row have often spent years failing in school because they cannot read. But with specialized, one-on-one, after-school tutoring, they can catch up to and even surpass their peers, going from failure to straight A's--we've seen it happen time and again.

We have been called one of the most cost-effective programs around for helping children with reading (and math) challenges. We offer generous scholarships based on income, because we don't want to deny any child the help we can provide.

Dyslexia and other reading challenges are based in the way that the brain processes the written word. In a blog for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, reporter Ben Foss, who has dyslexia, shows a scan of his own brain to demonstrate how dyslelxia works. The technician who took Foss' brain scan hesitated to tell Foss just how much his dyslexia affected him: "You’re in the bottom 1 percent on letter recognition—we don’t even really have a number to describe how bad you are at recognizing a letter when it’s shown to you.”

But for Foss, the scan confirmed that he was not lazy, he was not stupid, he was not "unfocused." Instead, he had dyslexia, and he has integrated dyslexia into his life. Yet, he says, "Our schools, our workplaces and, in some cases, our families can do so much better on this issue."

In the entire southwest of New Hampshire, Windy Row Learning Center is the only organization available to help children who are falling further and further behind grade level in reading..

Please donate to our scholarship fund, so that every child who cannot read has a chance to succeed.