Bright and early yesterday morning, I hopped on the Metro-North train to attend the Everyone Reading conference in New York City. Dave was the keynote speaker. While some of his stories are no longer new to me, I'm always riveted by them. What is it about dyslexic storytellers? One of the underlying themes of his talk, however, was something I had not registered before: that lifelong quest to find his community. I knew community building, and empowering the next LD generation, was one of Dave's main objectives in co-founding Eye to Eye (which is an incredible organization, both for the mentors and mentees). What I did not register before was the feeling of loneliness he experienced that helped drive him toward that end. Even the troublemaker, who gets a few moments on stage, ends up, alone, out in the hall.
Dave is hilarious, and his stories are funny and uplifting. Invigorating. He focuses on a positive message, and the future. I'm not going to share his stories here, however, for two reasons: 1) I would not do them justice; 2) his new book, Thinking Differently: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, is full of stories and experiences directly from Dave himself. It will be out late summer, but you can pre-order it on Amazon right now. Besides those two reasons, some of you may be lucky enough to hear him tell the stories in person (and we'll be hosting Dave here at EHS this fall), and I wouldn't want to ruin it for you.