About 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population has a specific reading disability called dyslexia. Scott Forsythe of Huntington, IN, is one of many that make up this statistic. Determined to help others kids struggling with dyslexia, Scott founded the Dyslexic Kids Support Organization for Children and Teens with Dyslexia at the age of 13.
As a young child, Scott battled dyslexia while trying to be a regular kid like his classmates. His diagnosis kept him from learning at the same pace as his peers. Consequently, he was physically and emotionally bullied and his self-esteem plummeted. After a great deal of time and effort, he was able to find learning methods and resources that enabled him to overcome dyslexia.
During this time, Scott searched for a support group for children and teens. There were plenty of support groups for the parents and teachers, but none for the people who need it most: the one in five children who are affected by dyslexia in the United States. Scott decided to take it upon himself to create an organization to help kids connect with peers who have experiences similar struggles. They offer each other encouragement and support based on their personal experiences.
Now in high school, Scott hosts the only dyslexia conference in northeast Indiana, free of charge and open to all who are interested. He provides free tutoring and support group meetings, and he posts daily news pertaining to dyslexia across several social networks. He even finds time to speak at conferences and other venues in the Midwest to help raise awareness.
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