Matt H.'s Open Road
You're The Label (0:39)
Dyslexia In The Family (1:05)
Technology That Helps People (1:01)
Emphasize Your Strength (1:18)
New Ways To Read (0:58)
Science and Art (1:14)
Labels and Stereotypes (1:37)
MATT H. SCHNEPS
Astrophysicist / Director
Harvard Laboratory for Visual Learning
You have to figure out what your bliss is, and then you have to go after it very intensely.
- Although he struggled all throughout school, his teachers and parents weren’t sure what the issue was, so he was left to navigate it on his own.
- He loved astronomy from a young age; when he was in high school, he planned on becoming an astronomy researcher and professor at a prestigious school.
- From there his railroad track got “twisty”: when he was applying to colleges, he was rejected from most of his dream schools because of his test scores.
- The only school that accepted him was MIT because they didn’t require standardized test scores.
- Even then, he still didn’t know the root cause of his struggles; he knew he was bright, but he could barely navigate the Dewey Decimal System in the library.
- It wasn’t until much later, when his daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, that he started researching the condition and realized he had it as well.
- Although he pursued astrophysics for some time, his research now focuses on using technology to solve or remedy learning issues.
- He struggles with remembering names and incidents, but he’s used even this to his advantage—since he doesn’t remember his setbacks, he easily moves on from them.