September 4, 1994 |
As a youngster, Linda Tessler loved to borrow books from her local library, even though she couldn't read them. She took out books with titles she wanted to read and enjoyed just touching the smooth covers and leafing through the pages. "I was tested in the sixth grade and they said I was bright, but no one knew how to help me," Tessler, 45, said. "They didn't know why I couldn't read. " In junior high school, students were grouped by ability, so she said she became an "official member of the dumb kids' class.
April 11, 1986 |
To explain the problem in its simplest terms, imagine a teacher writing the word "cat" on the blackboard. Then imagine a student looking at the same blackboard but having "cta" or "tca" registering in his brain. For four years at Our Mother of Divine Grace school, including two as a first-grader, such was the frustration of Joe Gravinese. The 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker from Jules Mastbaum Tech, who will represent the Public League Sunday in the 12th annual Daily News Eagles City- All-Star Game at Northeast High (2 p.m.)
February 24, 1989 |
While obliging an autograph seeker, he might sign "Ajsno Wraely" instead of "Jason Warley. " While glancing at a famous book's cover, he might see "Cachtre in teh Yre" instead of "Catcher in the Rye. " Jason Warley is not unintelligent. He is, however, afflicted with dyslexia, a disease that causes people to juxtapose letters, words and numbers while reading and writing, and even leave some out altogether. Yesterday, after his most prolific scoring game in a Frankford uniform - 33 points in a 92-51, Public League quarterfinal demolition of visiting West Philadelphia - Warley agreed to discuss the learning disability.
December 31, 1992 |
The 100 clocks that fill Abraham Schmitt's Souderton home create a steady order for a man who calls his life chaotic and confusing. It seems an odd way to describe the life of a 65-year-old man who has completed four academic degrees, including a doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. But this quiet, slender man, who counsels families from his home and builds his own clocks, said it is a fitting description of living with dyslexia. The odder thing, he said, is that he discovered his confusion had a name only five years ago. Until a client described the symptoms of the learning disability to him, Schmitt traced the classroom problems that followed him throughout his academic career to his childhood in Saskatchewan.
June 5, 1997 |
Carol Dye, 52, is congratulated by son James Taylor on getting her General Equivalency Diploma. Dye, who has severe arthritis and dyslexia, was among about 50 with disabilities so honored yesterday in the Free Library of Philadelphia's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Low funding had delayed ceremonies.
June 25, 1990 |
One percent of children with severe learning disabilities have dyslexia, a medical condition that affects children's ability to read. Dyslexic children have neurological dysfunctions that manifest themselves as symptoms of hyperactivity (inability to concentrate) and strephosymbolia (reading letters and numerals backward). The cause of dyslexia is still unknown, but doctors blame brain damage and other organic dysfunctions for the ailment. However, there are far too many normal children exhibiting symptoms of dyslexia that are not the result of chemical and physical abnormalities.
January 16, 1992 |
BOSTON DRINKING WATER A SOURCE OF LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE Using genetic engineering techniques to fingerprint the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease, medical detectives have discovered that drinking water is an important source of the potentially fatal pneumonia. In tests of 20 people with Legionnaires', a research team led by Janet E. Stout discovered that eight had been made ill by bacteria identical to Legionnaires' found in the water they had been drinking.
August 22, 1992 |
It's not easy playing the role of Solomon. Just ask Mayor Rendell. The Italian-American community believes the Art Commission chairman is a bigot taken to using ethnic slurs like "dago. " But the mayor believes chairman Theodore Newbold's contention that he has dyslexia and was trying to describe the Penn's Landing snack bar with its blue, red, white and yellow colors as "Day-Glo. " Newbold's gaffe occurred at the Art Commission's June meeting. Yesterday, a group of Italian-American politicians and community leaders met with Rendell for the second time.
April 28, 2010 |
George Racette, an 80-year-old former industrial research and design specialist, is reading about relativity. "Space and time seem like straightforward ideas," he reads aloud in an even, avuncular voice. "Or so it seemed to everyone until 1905. " Racette sits in a soundproof booth, black headset clamped over his ears, a copy of College Physics: A Strategic Approach, open to page 899. Just outside the booth is his "director," 70-year-old Richard Tave, a former chemical engineer whose task, this morning, is to follow the text while Racette reads, making sure he captures every word of the book - including graphs, photos, captions and marginal notes - accurately.
May 7, 1992
Because she suffers from dyslexia, a reading disorder that hinders the ability to integrate auditory and visual information - it follows that Joan Lichtman might not be a good student. But the truth is just the opposite: Lichtman, a certified public accountant who has a health care delivery consulting business, has advanced degrees in accounting, mathematics and education. Though she suffers from severe arthritis, Lichtman also works as a ministerial and therapeutic clown, performing in schools, churches and hospitals as well as being a committed volunteer mentor through the Philadelphia Futures organization.