McKenzie's Open Road
Own It (0:46)
Keeping a Secret (1:00)
Work Life with Dyslexia (0:49)
Nervous About College (1:55)
San Francisco, CA
advocate, art, books, business, college, community, confidence, creativity, design, dyslexia, education, family, goals, ideas, learning, learning disability, marketing, nonprofit, publishing, value
- Diagnosed with dyslexia when she was in the third grade; says she was very outgoing and bright, but she simply couldn’t read.
- After that diagnosis, she was placed into special education classes, but still chose to keep her dyslexia a secret from many of her friends.
- Constantly trying to hide her dyslexia got to be too big a weight to carry, and she had to take a semester off of school to reevaluate her needs.
- When she was applying to college, she looked for programs that would be able to better help her.
- She chose Landmark College, a university that caters specifically to dyslexic students.
- At Landmark, she wasn’t the odd one out; everyone was tackling their education and overcoming their struggles together.
- After that experience, she felt empowered to go on to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
- She currently works at Benetech marketing a program called Bookshare, an online library of ebooks for people with reading disabilities.