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Harry Sylvester started life as a rural Maine youngster with severe learning disabilities. He became a successful mechanical engineer, business owner, boat-builder, and president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, all with the same disabilities he had in the first grade. His tireless work on behalf of people with learning disabilities throughout the country was a continuing source of hope and inspiration. Harry died in 2008, but the lessons he learned and the wisdom he shared live on in his book.
on March 14, 2011 :
I bought this book because I work with adult low level readers who want to improve their reading skills. Not surprisingly, many of them have significant learning challenges. The first three chapters of this book were so great that I bought the audio version of it despite the fact that the rest of the book was not that good and the audio was on cassette tape. I found the look behind the scenes of a learning disabled person's life so revealing. I have used it for both the students and tutors in my program. For the students, it gives them encouragement and hope. For the tutors, it gives them a glimpse of what their student's life is like. I wish he had elaborated more on different aspects of his life as a learning disabled child and adult. I would have given it 5 stars, except that there was not enough about how he managed in life and what coping mechanisms worked for him and too much about his activism with learning disabled advocacy groups.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)