Ande from Maryland

“His ability to read has given him the confidence to dream big, and he does not view his dyslexia as a problem at all.”

Ande Fraser, a home-schooling mother of three based in Smithburg, Maryland, says she had to learn to “think outside the box” when she found out her 10-year-old son, Carrington, was dyslexic.

“We had to look at how we were addressing things in life,” she says, referring to her family who reads together every night.

“It was truly a heartbreaking challenge for him,” Fraser says of Carrington, who has a hard time reading. “He didn’t want to be left out because everyone else was reading.”

Fraser praises the librarians at her local library for taking a real interest in her son and helping him learn to read. In fact, a librarian recommended teaching words as shapes formed by characters rather than through the phonetic method. This helped Carrington tremendously, and now he carries a book with him wherever he goes.

“None of this would have been possible without our library card,” she says.

One of Fraser’s proudest moments was when she heard her son encourage a 70-year-old man in their congregation who was also dyslexic. Carrington told him, “You just have to work harder to dig out your treasure.”