When he was a boy Ron Davis taught himself the alphabet
by modeling letters out of mud.
Whenever Ron tried to reason letters on it
they just wouldn't hold still.
They turned upside down
reversed into mirror images
and then appeared again in different places.
Teachers and classmates called him retarded.
I wanted to be like everybody else.
I tried and i tried and i tried
and the only thing that i could do
is I could fake it.
My problem is that not only didn't i think with the sounds of words
I didn't speak very well.
I either didn't speak at all
or when i tried to speak it was so
shameful for me
that i was just very quiet.
I just stayed very quiet.
As a child
Ron Davis was labeled
a Kanner's baby,
a term used in reference to the work of Dr Leo Kanner, a pioneer in the study
of what we call autism today.
Ron Davis also had
an inborn perceptual talent
possessed by about twenty percent of the world's population.
This talent made Ron Davis highly imaginative and creative.
It also interfered with his learning to read
As an adult Ron Davis became a successful engineer
artist and businessman
in spite of the fact that he was functionally illiterate.
Ron was thirty eight years old when he discovered how to turn off the
disorientation that made normal reading impossible. Unlocking the power of
dyslexia means learning to control disorientation, the visual and auditory
confusion experienced by all dyslexics.
What I initially discovered
was how to turn off disorientation
and I had been trying to read
for as long as i could remember
and struggling and not able to do that. But when I turned off the disorientation
I could see
the words clearly.
The words on the bottom of the page were just as big as the ones on the top.
There were spaces between the words, there were spaces between the letters, so you
didn't have to try to figure out where one word and in the next will be began.
I learned how to turn that off. I went to a library and I read a book from cover to
in one day.
Now I never dreamed of the ability to read a whole book
much less to it in one day. For me that kind of a dream would
have been a nightmare.
I never prayed for the ability to read a whole book.
I didn't think that was a kind of prayer that God would answer.
So on that day
one day in my life, I had an experience that was beyond my ability
to dream and beyond my ability to pray,
and as a result of that experience something happened.
It was the first day of my life that I consider myself to be real whole human
I wasn't a mistake that god made, or I was a mistake that some doctor made by
pinching my brain
and ruining it.
I was a real