The Beautiful Minds Dyslexic charity 

Possible the proudest moment in my life was getting this PSA back fromBlake McGrew a project I had worked on for a long time and for a moment I didn't think it was ever going to take off! My biggest goal for the charity is to empower struggling student. To keep students in school and prevent drop outs no matter how bad they are struggling, theres hope.

I was told high school would be the best years of my life! Thank God that wasn't true because everyday I went to school I suffered. 
My self confidents was hit hard in middle school when I was bullied by a fellow teach I was harassed to a point where other student had to take up for me. The biggest bully I dealt with was my self, constantly thinking negative thoughts about my self and on the verge of giving up. I had a teacher bully me and some very inpatient teachers, I had teachers tell my dad I was just lazy and didn't try hard enough but my dad was staying up late with me every night working with me so he knew this could not be true. My dad felt so hopeless. At this point we knew I was dyslexic but didn't know what that ment or what to do.
My middle school math teach Mr. Williams after battling with me everyday made the connection that I was dyslexic. If your a parent of a dyslexic student you are a true image of strength. because the burden of being a parent of a dyslexic student i know has left you feeling hopeless and brought you to tears your patients has been challenged and your sanity has been tested. because its the worst feeling to look at your child and wonder what is wrong with you and not have the answers.

I was that weird kid in school that needed extra time with homework and at the time I didn't know why but I knew I was different. I knew I was behind and had very little to relate to.

I was known for being the class clown because that was much easier for me to cope with then being the dumb kid. Being pulled out of class to have my test read to me killed me every-time and pointless cause I knew I still wasn't going to pass it. I struggled with reading the criteria so taken the test even when read to me was still a struggle. As a freshmen I got kicked out of school for drinking my grandfathers home made wine I thought going to class numb would more tolerable and because apparently I have a great taste for a nice wine. lol

I was a good kid and that was out of the ordinary so they let me come back my sophomore year and unfortunately I also lost one of my greatest friends that year. The olny other person that was dyslexic and knew that had the same struggles as me. Jerad was was one of the kindest, most artistic and happiest person you could meet so it shook the entire school when he became engulfed in depression and ended his life. He had been a mascot for for kids that had felt different and empowered the "weird" kids. I was crushed and left feeling alone. After being on America's Next Top Model in 2009 and becoming runner up (i quoted wrong in the PSA time goes by so fast lol). Jennifer An another model in the competition had made me feel comfortable with being dyslexic and able to talk about it publicly about my struggle. Which only fueled the competition with fire to try and break me but they olny made my platform after I didn't give up. After the show I had thousands of dyslexic's emailing me saying how much it mean to here my struggle on national tv.

I realized that dyslexics like me just want to have someone to relate to. Dyslexic people are very smart but also need hope and inspiration so I started my charity! The Beautiful Minds. I want this video to make it in school and TV so it gives hope to the student's that are in my same shoes. Students that feel alone and different, that struggle and don't understand why. Maybe it inspires a student thats not dyslexic but has another burden because im living proof that you can over come your challenges! That you are in power of your own fait!

To be honest I don't know why I had the strength to not give up, statistical I should of dropped out and ended up with a recorded like may dyslexic and small town students do. I escaped a fait that would of destroyed my life. 
Part of me believes I was destined to be on top model not to become a great model but to become a great role model. Although I had a teacher bully me and put me through hell I had many more teach care and be extremely patient with me that deserve an award because I wasn't there child it wasn't there nature to love me and I was very difficult. They could of easily saved there sanity for a student that wasn't so difficult. Charles Fegan Jennifer Byrd Durham Paula Playforth Cathy Hill Cristal Collins are just a few of the teachers that was more than kinda and patine with me and probably a huge factor in keeping me in school and each one impacted my life!
Education is the key to fighting so many world problems aids, cancer, racism, poverty and mental illness you name it. with out education we can’t fight all the other battles.

special thanks to Bethany Hood for doing my make up but not just for my PSA but so many of my other charity events!

About Dyslexia

Most kids start learning to read by learning how speech sounds make up words. Then they connect those sounds to alphabet letters. For example, they learn that the letter "b" makes a "buh" sound.

Being dyslexic means that a person's brain has trouble processing letters and sounds. That makes it tough to break words into separate speech sounds, like b-a-t for bat. When it's hard to do that, it's really hard to connect speech sounds to different letters, like "buh" for b, and blend them into words. Kids who have dyslexia might get frustrated, angry, or sad because reading and spelling are so hard. They may not like being in a different reading group than their friends or having to see a special reading tutor and can take a huge tole on there self confdents.

When reading taken a sheet of paper and covering the bottom writing and following the sentctance that is being read will help the child read and foucs on what he is reading, it also help minamize the other problomes with dyslexia like skiping to the next sentce with out knowing, headachs from the words "vibrating" or "moveing".

There's no cure for dyslexia. It's a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works, althoe there is no one Gean that causes dyslexia but a cocktail of different geans that makes your child dyslexic. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program, and emotional support also plays an important role.

Dyslexia symptoms can be difficult to recognize before your child enters school, but not impossibule. Some early clues may indicate a problem. Once your child reaches school age, your child's teacher may be first to notice a problem. The condition often becomes apparent as a child begins learning to read.

Dyslexia can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • Trouble learning. Because reading is a skill basic to most other school subjects, a child who has dyslexia is at a disadvantage in most classes and may have trouble keeping up with peers.
  • Social problems. Left untreated, dyslexia may lead to low self-esteem, behavior problems, anxiety, aggression, and withdrawal from friends, parents and teachers.
  • Problems as adults. The inability to read and comprehend can prevent a child from reaching his or her potential as the child grows up. This can have long-term educational, social and economic consequences.
  • Children who have dyslexia are at increased risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and vice versa. ADHD can cause difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, which can make dyslexia harder to treat. Dyslexia is also misdiganosed as ADD or ADHD.

There's no known way to correct the underlying brain abnormality that causes dyslexia. Dyslexia is not generally treated with medications. Dyslexia is treated through education, and the sooner intervention begins, the better.


Emotional support and opportunities for achievement in activities that don't involve reading are important for children with dyslexia. If your child has dyslexia:

Be supportive. Trouble learning to read may affect your child's self-esteem. Be sure to express your love and support. Encourage your child by praising his or her talents and strengths.

Talk to your child. Explain to your child what dyslexia is and that it's not a failure on his or her part. The better your child understands this, the better he or she will be able to cope with having a learning disability.

Take steps to help your child learn at home. Provide a clean, quiet, organized place for your child to study, and designate a study time. Also, make sure your child gets enough rest and eats regular, healthy meals.

Stay in contact with your child's teachers. Talk with teachers frequently to make sure your child is able to stay on track. Be sure he or she gets extra time for tests that require reading, if needed. Ask your child's teacher if it would help your child to record the day's lessons to play back later.

If your child has a severe reading disability, tutoring may need to occur more frequently, and progress may be slower. A child with severe dyslexia may never be able to read well. However, academic problems don't necessarily mean a person with dyslexia will be unable to succeed. Students with dyslexia can be highly capable, given the right resources. Many people with dyslexia are creative and bright, and may be gifted in mathematics, science or the arts. Some even have successful writing careers.

You may have noticed a lot of misspelled words in this article. I didn't have anyone spell check or proof it so that you could see my personal struggle with dyslexia.


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