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Dyslexics Wanted

Dyslexics Wanted is the podcast of the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia

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John Rinaldo -049
We’re proud to spotlight John Rinaldo, who as he admits, “has this thing called Dyslexia.”  Growing up in Canada, John struggled in school for many years until he finally got the help he needed to move forward in life. One of his ambitions was to write and publish a book,  something John and those who knew him once thought to be impossible.  But hard work, determination and resilience propelled him forward and his dream has become a reality.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon and John is donating proceeds from the Audible sales to help children with Dyslexia.     His book is entitled  Surviving Covid 19: Being Alone was the Best Covid 19 Medicine.  John has a hopeful story and is thrilled to share it with listeners to his podcast from around the globe. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
21:24 29/09/22
Rebecca Rolland – Art of Talking with Children -048
Today we invite you to enjoy a conversation with an expert in the art of communication.  Jordan welcomes Rebecca Rolland, EdD to discuss her wonderfully instructive new book The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids. Rebeca is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. There are significant applications for helping children with dyslexia and other learning challenges as we learn to better communicate while fostering relationships with less conflict and stress and more kindness. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
19:17 27/06/22
RS Mellette -047
Jordan invites a super fun guest to the podcast, sci-fi writer R.S. Mellette.   R.S. shares his personal story of coping with dyslexia and overcoming it to successfully work on the hit television show Xena: Warrior Princess.  He has taken his experience in the TV and film industries to craft a female-led YA (young adult) sci-fi novel sure to captivate readers of all ages.  It is a space opera entitled, Kiya and the Morian Treasure  and the reviews from fans and critics have been impressive.  R.S. is a prime example of the creative force so alive in people with dyslexia.  We are thrilled to highlight him today on the podcast! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
40:01 04/05/22
Michelle Baharier -046
Today we take the microphones “across the pond” to interview a dynamic creative force whose work is celebrated in England and around the world.  Jordan invites you to meet inter-disciplinary artist Michelle Baharier.  She recounts enormous challenges as a child trying to read and write and how the kindness of a helpful teacher made such a difference in her life.    Art has always been Michelle’s  outlet and mode of expression.  And she is certainly great at it!   She is constantly drawing and sketching, achieving notoriety for her poetry, photography, painting, dress making and so much more. She lives and works in South London and exhibits internationally across the UK, Europe, the USA and Middle East.  She is also the Artistic Director/Founder and CEO of the charity CoolTan Arts, run by and for disabled people. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
31:43 04/05/22
Heidi Williams -045
Today Jordan welcomes a remarkable young woman with boundless energy, creativity and a keen business sense. Heidi Williams is an ex-competitive rock climber and parttime ski-patroller who loves the outdoors.   She is a highly popular  vlogger in the travel space  with thousands of international followers.  Heidi combines her love for the outdoors with prowess in business.  She founded  Mona, a successful surf and athletic wear company.  Realizing her talent in running her own business she launched a career as a business-life coach, helping others run their start-up businesses.  Along with her flourishing coaching work, she recently founded  LeadTalko a lead generation  agency that harnesses the power of organic conversation to gain start-ups 30 to 40 new leads per day via SMS and direct message marketing. She has never let dyslexia  slow her down. She is determined to learn and grow despite the odds.  Heidi Williams is a fine example of Dyslexics getting it done! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
25:37 15/12/21
Andrew Nehring, Author -044
Today Jordan introduces us to sci-fi novelist Andrew Nehring, who is the author of  “The Corrupted Light Chronicles” series and his latest entitled “David Massie and the Quantum Flux, Book 1.”   Possessing a vivid imagination with a flare for creative writing, Andrew is succeeding as a  writer, despite being told by some when he was younger (in a galaxy far, far away) that his dyslexia would hold him back, would burden him the rest of his life.   His many readers would strongly disagree.  They love his work and are anxious for sequels.  Like so many others,  Andrew shares his story of struggle and determination to use dyslexia to his advantage creatively. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
22:50 26/07/21
Gabriela Diller & Manny Valmir -043
Today Jordan welcomes a dynamic teacher and student team to the podcast.  Meet Gabriela Diller, special educator, advocate and educational consultant.  She recently founded Lotus Advocacy, offering tutoring, advocacy and consulting for special education success.  Gabi specializes in executive functioning, coaching, transition skills and college and job readiness. One of her former students is joining us as well.  Manny Valmir graduated from Boston Prep High School, then attended Westfield State’s learning disabilities program, transferred to Framingham University and recently graduated with a degree in criminal justice.  He’s proud to share news of his positive experience being helped by Gabriela. The two are now good friends and their story reminds us that with time, dedication  and patience, anything is possible. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
23:01 15/07/21
Taylor Lowe -042
Jordan Rich welcomes Taylor Lowe to our podcast.   Taylor is an Emmy Award winning motion graphics designer and video producer currently sharing his many of years of ongoing professional experience with the next generation of content creators at Park Avenue Christian Academy ( PACA) in Florida. His personal story with dyslexia began when he was an young elementary school student.  With hard work, determination and a winning attitude,  Taylor has become a recognized innovator in the video industry.  His professional work has been featured on every major network including ABC, NBC, CBS, BET, FOX, PBS and Amazon Prime Video. And he is proud to serve as mentor to young students eager to learn. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
24:12 24/05/21
Barry Weiner -041
A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Barry Weiner, a true renaissance man who has enjoyed success in movie and documentary production, business and real estate and public service, despite deep struggles with learning during  his school years.  Things changed in a big way when Barry enrolled in the Program for Assisted Learning at Curry College in Milton.  There he met and was mentored by the late Dr. Gertrude Webb and he credits her and the Pal Program for  the  learning skills, confidence and motivation to win at life! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
26:34 07/03/21
Jessica Minihan -040
A conversation between Jordan Rich and  Jessica Minihan, special educator, behavior analyst and author of “The Behavior Code: A Practical  Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students.  We discuss Jessica’s systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies.  It’s all about getting our students back on track to learn! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
31:41 07/03/21
Phil Newman, LCSW -039
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Phil Newman, licensed social worker on staff at the Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Phil discusses the pressures faced by children with learning differences and what’s being done to help them.  He is also the co-founder of Next Step Academics,  a ground breaking organization that addresses students’ interrelated educational and behavioral needs.   Phil and his colleagues are helping young people achieve their goals and enjoy success! If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
24:01 19/02/21
A Tribute to Dr. Webb and the PAL Program -038
We are proud to present this very special podcast episode. The Program for Assisted Learning at Curry College in Milton recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Founded by the late Dr Gertrude Webb, a pioneer in teaching children with learning differences, PAL has changed the lives of countless students over the years.  This podcast features audio from the virtual reunion where former students and educators reflected on the success of the program and thank Dr. Webb and those she inspired for leadership and progress  in education  at the college level and beyond. .  If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
20:57 17/12/20
Micki Boas -037
On today’s episode, meet the author of a groundbreaking book that is a must-read for parents, educators and anyone concerned with the education of children with dyslexia. Micki Boas has written, “ One in Five:  How We’re Fighting for our Dyslexic Kids in a System That’s Failing Them.”  Micki talks with Jordan about battling the system that was neglecting her own children and she shares some of what she has learned about cutting through “the invisible red tape” that can be so frustrating. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
20:48 14/09/20
Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey -036
Dyslexics Wanted goes international once again and welcomes Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey, a trailblazing woman from Ghana who was diagnosed as a young adult with dyslexia.  Since then she has worked tirelessly to help her country recognize and help those with dyslexia. She recently started the Africa Dyslexia Organization to champion awareness and advocacy in Ghana and across Africa. Hers is a tale of overcoming adversity while offering hope to others. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org
21:11 26/08/20
Jeff Tackett -035
Today’s guest is a dyslexic father of a daughter who also has dyslexia. Jeff never knew he had it until his daughter was diagnosed.  Since then he and his wife have lobbied for legislation in California to recognize learning difficulties. He  is also a teacher for the state of California and work as a counselor for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jeff is also a dedicated soccer coach for youth, high school, college and pro teams. He is a great help and inspiration  to young players who exhibit dyslexia. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org
22:17 26/08/20
Sandra Carter -034
Today, Jordan introduces us to Sandra Carter from Birmingham, England.  She shares her wonderful story of meeting the challenges of dyslexia during her lifetime, finally being tested and diagnosed at age 40.  By age 50 she realizes her dream of becoming a published science fiction novelist.  She currently has three books available with more on the way. Sandra also gives back, mentoring others while using many creative arts to explore and maximize her “gift of dyslexia.”  If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
20:49 08/07/20
Kids with Superpowers -Abigail Steeves -033
Today Jordan introduces you to another remarkable young person.  Abigail Steeves lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The 14-year old 9th grader has dealt with dyslexia for years, but only recently received her diagnosis.  She hasn’t let it stop her or even slow her down.  Abigail is a leading climate change and environmental activist who has led large rallies and organized events to bring attention to the causes she is passionate about.  Like so many of the students we feature, Abigail focuses on the strengths that have emerged from having dyslexia  She is a born leader. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
14:00 04/05/20
Steve Wilkins, Remote Learning -032
On this special edition, Jordan welcomes back to the podcast Steve Wilkins, Head of School at the Carroll School in Lincoln, an independent day school for elementary and middle school students in grades 1 – 9 who have been diagnosed with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.   Steve addresses the quick transition to remote learning, the impact of Covid-19 on the educational and emotional well-being of the students and creative ways the faculty is connecting and helping  students. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
12:44 28/04/20
Wes Hamilton -031
Jordan had a chance to connect with Wes Hamilton, who shared his incredible story of how he’s living his best life after being paralyzed in a shooting.  Wes reminds us that within our uniqueness lies our greatness---an inspiring message shared by all of us at the Webb Center. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
18:26 29/01/20
Curry College PAL Program -030
Jordan Rich, recently sat down with Laura Vanderberg, Director, and Lori Lubeski, Professor, of Curry College's PAL Program to hear about how it continues to grow while fulfilling Dr. Webb's mission of helping students "challenge strengths and strengthen challenges.” If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
31:28 16/01/20
Kids with Superpowers -Christianna Alexander -029
Today Jordan meets a remarkable young entrepreneur named Christianna Alexander. She’s the oldest of three children and faced many learning challenges early on in school. Struggles continued into the 2nd grade and she was forced to repeat the year. But, it didn’t take long for Christi to develop more confidence and better grades when she transferred to a school that focused on helping kids with learning disabilities. She not only did well in school, she caught the business bug early and after lots of trial and error she created “Sweet Christi’s” a successful company focused on making all natural-handmade soaps that resemble delectable treats like donuts and cupcakes. Christianna views her disability as a blessing and her mission in life is to be an ambassador for children everywhere who suffer with learning disabilities. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
10:56 27/12/19
Andy Magdanz -028
A conversation between Jordan Rich and master glass blower Andy Magdanz of Almost Perfect Glass, a hot glass studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Powered by solar energy, the studio is home to a fantastic array of glass artists, sculptors, and jewelers. Because of his dyslexia which resulted in poor reading and writing skills in school, Andy was ridiculed by some and often told he wouldn’t have the stuff to succeed. But like so many featured on these podcasts he gravitated toward his calling an passion for art and design to became one of the most sought-after craftsmen in his field. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website atdyslexicswanted.org.
13:42 27/12/19
Dr. Rhoda Bernard & Larry Rothstein -027
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Dr. Rhoda Bernard, managing director of the Berklee College of Music Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs and Larry Rothstein of No Limits Media.  Both guests  focus on the impact of art, music, theatre and dance on people  of all ages with special needs and learning disabilities. Neuro-diversity is now being recognized understood and promoted  with the help of caring educators and advocates like Rhoda and Larry. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
28:32 12/12/19
Dr. Sara Renzulli -026
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Sara Renzulli, visiting Assistant Professor, Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology Program with the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.  Much of her time is dedicated to helping exceptional kids with learning differences navigate school and social life, helping them grow into confident, capable adults.     Sara shares her own story of childhood struggle and what she has learned in achieving balance and success. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
24:18 25/11/19
Jonathan Mooney -025
Meet Jonathan Mooney, a dyslexic writer, speaker and self-described do-gooder who is speaking the truth about difference vs. deficiency and people are listening. As a young student battling low expectations and feelings of failure, Jonathan came close to ending his life. He ultimately overcame despair (thanks to meeting up with the right teachers and mentors) and fought his way to becoming a college grad from Brown University.  Jonathan earned an honors  degree in English lit and wrote his first book at the age of 23.  Since then he has been on the best-seller list often  and is frequently on the road, advocating for initiatives to help those with learning disabilities. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast, write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
24:40 18/11/19
Heather Caska, Way to Grow -024
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Heather Caska, Dyslexia Specialist, Director of Speech-Language and Dyslexia services at the Way to Grow pediatric therapy practice in Arizona. Heather recently joined the team at WTG and she loves the work she is doing to help children.  She has experience working with a variety of communication disorders; however her passion lies in working with kids with dyslexia and helping their families.  She is totally dedicated to bringing more awareness to the community and increasing early identification of dyslexia. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast , write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
13:36 06/11/19
Dr. Kathryn Garforth -023
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Dr. Kathryn Garforth who offers professional expertise in Educational Psychology and a personal understanding of the frustrations children and adults with learning difficulties experience.  Her story demands to be shared. As a child, Dr. Garforth struggled with reading and spelling in her primary years. A psychoeducational assessment in grade four helped her understand her strengths and gave her hope that with the right instruction and accommodations she could succeed in school. But it was a troubling time with many setbacks and challenges.  She ultimately overcame those challenges, went on to earn multiple post-secondary degrees and now offers professional help and lots of hope to those with learning disabilities. If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast , write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
17:45 24/09/19
Zachary Wingate -022
A conversation between Jordan Rich and Zachary Wingate.  Zachary’s mission is to take what he has learned about dyslexia and “pay it forward.”  He shares his experiences helping others with dyslexia understand that they are not alone and that there are steps they can take to succeed.  Zachary’s is a story of hard work, a vow to never give up and an acknowledgement of the power of humor and love in living a life with dyslexia.  If you have a story worth sharing on this podcast , write to jordan@chartproductions.com. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
18:37 16/09/19
Dan Fickes -021
A conversation between Jordan Rich and accomplished video producer Dan Fickes, owner of Boston based company Ocean One Productions.  Dan is an Emmy winning video shooter, director, editor and producer who also has an extensive background in broadcast television news.  Growing up with dyslexia made Dan’s school years very difficult.  He found help by the time he reached college and shares what he’s done to live with dyslexia and succeed at a very high level. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
26:06 01/09/19
Diamond Dallas Paige -020
A conversation between Jordan Rich and former pro wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer, Diamond Dallas Paige. Dallas is a best-selling author with his latest motivational book entitled, “Positively Unstoppable.”  He’s a world-renowned fitness instructor who recently launched his DDP Yoga program internationally.  Thousands have been getting into shape with the help of DDP.  As tough as he was in the ring, his most challenging competitor just might have been dyslexia. Hear his story of struggle, hard work and his eventual victory. If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at dyslexicswanted.org.
12:34 07/08/19