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Lived Experience Luncheon Series – Jessie Gunnell

March 9, 2022 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Location:Online via Zoom

Jessie Gunnell – March 9, 12:00-1:00pm

Dyslexia: “If I asked someone to help me read, I would be asking all the time, so I just stopped reading”

The title is the answer, the question “how do you cope with your problems in reading.” I was 10 years old and I can still visualize sitting in class frustrated and hurt that I couldn’t read and therefore couldn’t do my work. I struggled to connect letters to their sounds, which became obvious in the first years of learning to read and spell. Eventually, at 16 years old I was formally diagnosed with a language-based learning disability (a form of dyslexia). It was one of those moments that you don’t forget, and for me, it was positive. A few years later I would register at Carleton University and obtain my degree in Psychology, which ironically, was a word I couldn’t spell. I will talk candidly about my struggles, the road to a diagnosis, the supports that I am grateful for, and the strengths that I have come to recognize.

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