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This week we shine the spotlight on Zach Osbrach, our customer of the week! Zach, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 40, used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help him realize his dream of opening a charter school for children with dyslexia.

Having experienced it himself and struggling for years with his disability, Zach decided that there was a need for an alternative to the public school system where children with dyslexia didn’t necessarily always receive the specialized attention they required. That’s when he came up with the idea of opening a charter school in Florida, and that’s also where Dragon came in. He says, “All of my charter school applications, grants, and other written documentation have been dictated with Dragon. As a severely dyslexic person, I could not have been successful without Dragon. For people like me who have severe language processing disabilities in the area of phoneme awareness, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is essential.” Today, Zach has opened his third school and he’s now working to create a national model for educating dyslexic children.

Read more about Zach’s story here.

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This week we shine the spotlight on CJ, our customer of the week! As a fifth grader struggling with dyslexia, CJ Wallace had difficulties keeping up with his peers in class – until he started to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Watch this video to hear CJ talk about how Dragon has helped him to improve his performance in school:

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This week we shine the spotlight on Merilee Grage – our customer of the week! Merilee, who struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia for years, is using Dragon to help finish her Master’s degree in Special Education. As a newfound proponent of assistive tech in the classroom, today she’s introduced Dragon to K-12 students who face reading challenges and says the results have been “amazing.”

Grage explains how she dropped out of college in 1979 due to her undiagnosed dyslexia, but with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the tables have turned: “I bought Dragon to help with my typing and I ended up using it for everything: emails, papers, my online courses, and anything else that requires a keyboard. It’s about creativity and having a flow of work that’s not interrupted by worrying about spelling and grammar. Dragon is a major part of that.” More recently, Merilee has seen the transformation Dragon has had on students of all ages, including a 3rd grader with dyslexia who – for the first time – was excited about reading and was thirsty for more. “When we were done,” Grage recalls,” he said, There has to be a third book.’ His motivation was amazing. This was a student who didn’t want to go to the resource room because he read at a first grade level and couldn’t write complete sentences. Dragon and echo reading during profile creation forced him to work on word pronunciation, and his comprehension and fluency greatly increased.”

To read more of Merilee’s story, go here. (*note: link defaults to open up .pdf)

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This week we shine the spotlight on Zach Osbrach, our customer of the week! Zach, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 40, used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help him realize his dream of opening a charter school for children with dyslexia.

Having experienced it himself and struggling for years with his disability, Zach decided that there was a need for an alternative to the public school system where children with dyslexia didn’t necessarily always receive the specialized attention they required. That’s when he came up with the idea of opening a charter school in Florida, and that’s also where Dragon came in. He says, “All of my charter school applications, grants, and other written documentation have been dictated with Dragon. As a severely dyslexic person, I could not have been successful without Dragon. For people like me who have severe language processing disabilities in the area of phoneme awareness, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is essential.” Today, Zach has opened his third school and he’s now working to create a national model for educating dyslexic children.

Read more about Zach’s story here.

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This week, we shine the spotlight on CJ Wallace, our Dragon customer of the week! CJ is a fifth grade student with dyslexia. Before he began using Dragon, it was difficult to keep up with his peers in class.

Watch this video to hear CJ explain how Dragon made it easier to capture his thoughts and ideas — without having to type.

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