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Defying the Odds: How Ellen Busch Turned Her Dyslexia to Her Advantage

June 9, 2023 | Jessica Kidwell and Ellen Busch| Neuroversity Season 2 Episode 7

00:00 / 37:15

Podcast Notes:

Have you heard these myths about dyslexia? 

  • Myth #1: Dyslexia means you're not smart. 

  • Myth #2: Dyslexia is just a reading problem.

  •  Myth #3: Dyslexia is a childhood problem that you outgrow. 


These myths can be damaging to individuals with dyslexia, causing low self-esteem and a lack of empowerment. The truth is, dyslexia affects reading, writing, and spelling, but it does not reflect intelligence. Furthermore, dyslexia is a lifelong condition that can also bring unique strengths and talents. Join memoirist Ellen Busch as she shares her personal journey with dyslexia and how she has turned it into her advantage.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn the significant role supportive parents and communities play in the success and well-being of individuals with dyslexia.

  • Uncover the unique thought processes of people with dyslexia and how they can leverage these strengths in various aspects of life.

  • Understand the importance of lifelong personal development and investment for both individuals with dyslexia and society at large.

  • Gain insights on overcoming challenges, boosting self-confidence, and investing in yourself.


Meet Ellen Busch, an inspiring memoirist whose lived experience with dyslexia has transformed her into a strong advocate for neurodiversity. In her memoir, Disempowered: How I Turned an Academic Death Sentence into My Life's Greatest Adventure, Ellen recounts the struggles she faced throughout her education and how she eventually earned not only a bachelor's degree in Health Science but also an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. As a former EMT and adventurer with hobbies ranging from scuba diving to skiing, Ellen is determined to uplift other dyslexic individuals and help them embrace their unique strengths.

Empowered with Ellen Busch

July 9, 2023 | Dennis Stoika and Ellen Busch| Modern Era Warriors

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