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No More Shame In My Game

July 10, 2014 in Dyslexic in America

I have received several e-mails as well as several phone calls over the past two weeks; they all were expressing concerns about my spelling and grammar in a professional blog like A Point Of Thought. I guess many people missed the original point of this blog. Originally I wanted an outlet for all the technical thoughts running through my mind. I also needed a place where a person with dyslexia like me, could go and write every day in hopes of improving my overall communication skills. When I originally began to blog, I did not expect anybody to follow or read my thoughts. It was truly a pleasant surprise when I started receiving feedback from people validating, disagreeing or commenting on some of the thoughts running through my mind. Let’s take a second to go through what it takes to complete a blog entry, just as a point of reference for my blogging community.

I begin by dictating my entire train of thought using Dragon NaturallySpeaking (voice to text recognition software). then I will begin to Go line By line and listen to what I have dictate it using Natural reader (text to voice software). as I listened to what I have dictate it, I will begin to insert the punctuation that I believe is correct this usually takes 5 to 6 passes over each paragraph I have dictate. At that point I will start looking for the word (and). I have learned over time that this is usually a place where I have paused my train of thought; this usually indicates it need some type of punctuation. People will begin to notice as they read what I have written it has a certain cadence to it similar to a rhyme or a limerick. This is a tool that I use inside my mind not only to deal with punctuation, but also to do with overall flow. it is almost as if I was hearing a drumbeat in my head and when the machine reads a paragraph, a article back to me. It has a certain beat’ I consider it very much correct. The average time in creating a blog which would be 3 to 4 paragraphs will usually be in the range of 1 – 2 hour.
Even though I highly appreciate everyone’s concerns about the overall appearance to the outside world of a person with dyslexia looking unintelligent because of poor grammar and spelling. I believe at this point in my life I am comfortable (no more shame in my game) with who Leon Lewis Jr. is in his abilities. If it means I lose a contract, not get a job because of the grammar and spelling. I can live with that two. if people cannot look past a disability and realized that there is some intelligence outside of the normal realm of proper grammar and spelling. I am good with that two. For some strange reason in my life I am highly comfortable with who I am and what my abilities are. This is not a excuse for poor grammar or spelling it is what it is, all I can do is write every day. try my best to improve my overall communication skills. if that is not enough for the World So be it. I will sleep well tonight with the knowledge that I truly give, 100% to everything I do, I will spend every day trying to improve myself in one way or another.

I would like to say in conclusion thank everyone very much, for your concerns, but after many years of struggling with the fear of ridicule about my lack of writing skills I have] become comfortable with whom, Leon Lewis Jr. is and I think I am willing to live with any ridicule and criticism about my writing style or lack of it. At this point in my life love always Leon Lewis Jr.

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5 responses to No More Shame In My Game

  1. Leon,

    I commend you in what you are doing. So many people think intelligence can only be shown by writing and spelling. Keep up the excellent work. We need more people sharing their experiences and spreading the word about dyslexia. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  2. Leon,well done your doing a terrific thing, I can remember my Grandfather having such difficulty with Dyslexia (In Australia) some just do not understand. Keep up all your hard work you will be helping many!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi leon I have the same problem with my dyslexia, and grammar. And yes I have run into the same problem of people thinking it means I'm not as smart and such. When it's really just my subtype of dyslexia. I tried dragon dictate and it didn't get my voice that well, and fell under my 75% efficiency ratio. I love seeing other people with the same problem as me. As I read right threw it with no cringing, as it is second nature to me. I even read elite code or 3L33T and binary ASCI 1-2 code with little hesitation. I credit some of it due to knowing the gaming industry and growing up building computers. So in that regard I am weirder than most I've ever met. Keep up the good work and play to your strengths as you help build/repair your weaknesses. Data mining and brain games and digital foot prints are a good thing for me to. We will be more colorful and such with our different brain wiring. I would not change a thing even with neural reprogramming. I feel that might diminish the thing's I like and do. Google 2 point hit for now is 23L33T4U2C as I make more of a digital puzzle for others in the future to figure out.

  4. The effort you put into preparing the posts is remarkable. It shows an intensity of commitment on your part that is most appreciates and serves as a personal example to all of us.

  5. Leon,

    Your blog helps more people than you know.

    Thank you!