In this personal and somewhat irreverent look at his life...
McCabe reminds us of the diversity and strengths of (dyslexics.)... He emphasizes the
importance of family support and the need for preparing teachers who understand dyslexia
and its effects. Especially useful is the section on effective teaching strategies based
on the structure of written English.
- Marcia Henry, Ph.D., Former President, International Dyslexia Assn.
This is more than an autobiography of a distinguished educator. It's a blueprint
long overdue that school systems can use to teach reading and writing.
- Carl Smith, Ph.D., Director Family
Literacy Center, Indiana University.
It takes a dyslexic like Don McCabe to teach us what dyslexia really is. It can be
more a gift than it is a handicap. What he has achieved, other dyslexics can achieve--
with the proper help from teachers who understand the logic behind the dyslexic mind.
Dyslexics may not make Who's Who (as McCabe) but they certainly can become good readers,
good spellers and good citizens living happy and productive lives.
- Eldo Bergman, M.D., Texas Reading
Institute, Houston Texas
Flint, Michigan can be justly proud of being more the the home of
General Motors, Roger and Me, the great sit-down strike, and the C.S.
Mott Foundation. From a Flint Public high school that had no
gymnasium, no swimming pool, no auditorium, no cafeteria, no
library, and no athletic field has come Don McCabe, a teacher,
scholar, and researcher whose ideas, if accepted by the academic
world, could lead to the eradication of illiteracy and even the
elimination of the word dyslexia.
- Linda Nevin, President, Tri-County Literacy Council
Hi, I teach adults, Essential Skills, in the Literacy Group
of Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. I happened on your book [To
Teach a Dyslexic] in the bookcase of a colleague when I was looking
for information on dyslexia. It was a prep day for me and I was hunting up
resources. I started reading the book and just couldn't put it down. Thank
you so much for putting into writing such an amazingly candid and readable
compilation of anecdotes which are so simple and clear for those of us who
don't have teaching degrees. Cheers!!
Chapter 14 - Breaking away and forming the AVKO
Chapter 15 - Free Daily Tutoring at AVKO's clinic
Chapter 16 - The teaching of reading: religious
cults in conflict. What the researchers refuse to research and
The Mechanics of English Spelling.
Chapter 17 - First things first. What needs to
Chapter 18 - Breaking the code: Sequential
handwriting and spelling
Chapter 19 - Parents need help to tutor their
kids. Where are our schools when we need them?
Chapter 20 - The AVKO Word Difficulty Dictionary
Chapter 21 - Get outta my face. Get offa my
Chapter 22 - The frustrations of trying to find an
organization to accept a multi-million dollar bequest
Chapter 23 - Start your own band wagon. Don't
just jump on the popular one, especially when they don't know where
they're going. Organize your own reading/writing curriculum
using measurable minimum standards of achievement.