Understanding Dyslexia, and Closing the Diagnosis Gap

Aug 23, 2013

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Connecticut’s governor has talked openly about his developmental struggles. He's also one in five people who has dyslexia. It’s a developmental reading disorder that causes difficulties with spelling, reading and writing.

Dyslexia is something that keeps Malloy from being able to read and write as well as he’d like to this day, but it also drives him.  

Coming up, we’ll hear from the Governor, and from Doctors at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.  They say those with the disorder are usually intelligent, “out of the box” thinkers. Many have gone on to become successful CEOs and entrepreneurs.

But a big percentage of the minority population is still undiagnosed. Yale hopes to tackle that problem with a new initiative, and town hall discussions across the country.


  • Dannel Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut 
  • Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audry G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University, Co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Author of Overcoming Dyslexia
  • Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
  • Reverend Keith Magee, Director of the Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative