Most adults with learning and attention issues remember school as an unhappy time. Lack of support for learning differences in those early years makes it harder to stay in school and find a good job later (that despite the fact that we know we’re smart and capable). It’s a sad fact that: “Youth with untreated dyslexia are more likely than their non-dyslexic peers to drop out of high school and become unemployed, [or] underemployed.” (source: LD Online)
This is Brandon Ayash’s story. Now 35 years old, he’s looking to change his narrative. He’s a bright, creative, articulate and resilient person who wants to build a better career for himself. Along the way, he hopes to make the world a better place for others.
Brandon shared his story here so that he can help others. But I hope it will help him too: read to the end to learn what opportunities Brandon needs to achieve his dreams. There is precious little support for adults with learning and attention issues…we need to change that too.
Dyslexic Library interview with Brandon Ayash
Question 1. What is your “job” and/or what would you like to do?
Answer 1: Just got employed at a super market. I would like to be in innovation, invent, be an actor, and somehow help other people/kids.
It’s very frustrating for me to always work these minimum wage jobs, when I feel I’m pretty smart. I feel like I’m wasting my mind, when I could be doing something much bigger and helping people.
Q2. When did you start thinking that you were dyslexic?
A2. Started thinking I was Dyslexic when I was 32, I’m 35 now. Never have been diagnosed. But took assessment tests that says there’s a good chance I am. And my intuition tells me I’m Dyslexic.
Q3. What impact did/does dyslexia have on your life?
Q3. School was horrible for me, was told I needed to work harder to succeed. As I got older school got harder. Left halfway done with my senior year in high school and never went back. Tried g.e.d tests, and found it way too hard.
For work, I feel like I learn slow and never have gotten too far up at any job.
Dyslexia and daily life seems okay, I’m able to problem solve and get creative when I’m hindered.
Q4. Did you get any help at school?
A4. Nobody knew. I got diagnosed with ADHD. My parents just told me to try harder, gave me Ritalin, and I didn’t like it, so stopped taking it. I never had trouble reading, just always struggled learning. I remember cheating on a test in first grade, and got caught.
Q5. What do want people to know about dyslexia?
A5. What I want people to know – the most important thing is that we are SMART, we learn differently, and our kids in school need a change of the way we’re taught. This is probably the most important thing. The kids.
Q6. Do you have any role models? If so, who are they and why?
A6. I’m not sure about role models, I guess fellow left handed Dyslexics, Albert Einstein was supposedly left handed, Steve Jobs, just cause of the commonalities I guess.And Dean Kamen too. I learned I was Dyslexic cause of that man. Watched a documentary on Netflix, he was saying he was Dyslexic, and had to read, and reread stuff to understand it. And that’s totally how I am. So started learning more about it.
Q7. What support do you need to achieve your goals?
A7. I would love start up money, or just welcomed to team of thinkers. Would love just to innovate on a team of like minded individuals.
Thank you for sharing your story Brandon.
Are you looking for an innovator like Brandon to join your team?
Do you know of education or employment support for adults and aspiring entrepreneurs in the US with learning and attention issues?
You can comment on this blog post, contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Brandon on Twitter.