by Juliet Pennington GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
Splashed diagonally across Dean Bragonier’s business card in bright orange lettering is the phrase “dyslexic before it was cool.” It’s a statement that has a powerful meaning for him and his wife, musician Sally Taylor.
Both are dyslexic, as is their 10-year-old son Bodhi. Several of Bragonier’s family members are dyslexic, as are Taylor’s — including her mom, musician Carly Simon, and her brother, Ben, who is also a musician. “It’s all in the family,” she said with a laugh.
Married for 14 years, Bragonier, 44, and Taylor, 43, share similar stories from their youth about being viewed as “slow” by teachers and peers.
“What we heard was ‘You are broken because you don’t read well. You are insufficient,’” said Bragonier, who three years ago founded NoticeAbility, a nonprofit aimed at helping dyslexic children.
He has teamed up with educators from Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Education, and MIT to create a curriculum that will help dyslexic children learn in different ways and change the conversation around dyslexia.
“We’re often labeled as having a learning disability. We don’t,” he stated during a recent interview in the Cambridge home he shares with Taylor and Bodhi.
Taylor added: “The messages that we’re given are often more disabling than anything else, in my opinion.”
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