Entries by Jesper Sehested

Music defined me as a person

It all started 14 years ago, before my parents or I even knew what dyslexia was. I had just started secondary school and had somewhat struggled educationally so far. It took less than a year for me to realise I was well behind the rest, bottom set for most subjects, most of all for English. […]

“Born Different, That’s All”

When Anthony Raneri—lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist for the punk band Bayside—was doing a Facebook Live chat with some of the band’s more than 200,000 followers on the social media site, he could finally, publicly, put a name to what used to undermine his confidence: He told his fans he has dyslexia. “Fans were just […]

Seven myths about dyslexia put to rest

As researchers who study dyslexia, we often read articles or overhear conversations that completely misunderstand what dyslexia is – or how it can be treated. Dyslexia is the term used to describe someone with reading difficulties – and it affects up to 10% of Australians. A reader with dyslexia may have difficulty in reading unusual […]

Reflections from the Trenches

What makes a person a champion? Is it when a person gets an A+ on a tough exam, or is it always knowing the answer when the teacher asks a question, or is it when an athlete scores a touchdown to win the big football game? If these are what makes a person a champion, […]

I’m dyslexic and have a Maths PhD

My experience was that it’s like being an eagle in a school for wolves. So some things they asked me to do, like digging or searching in a forest were really hard. Whereas things like getting a good overview of material or seeing the big picture was ridiculously easy, all you have to do is […]

You Have the Potential to Change the World

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month so I decided I needed to produce another blog post to help actively raise awareness. My last post, which I wrote to help people with learning difficulties who are starting college this year has been very successful thankfully and was shared by many colleges, people with an educational background and […]