Dyslexia, Harvey Hubbell and Emmys

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Documentary film maker Harvey Hubbell is dyslexic.

Educated in Newtown in the 1960s, life for him was difficult because educators didn’t know then what they know now.

A lot of very successful people in the world are dyslexic. They can’t read or write but can be taught to do so if the schools are equipped and if kids are diagnosed an early age. Hubbell has produced a very successful documentary called “Dislecksia: The Movie.” Here’s tonight’s NYBERG.

“I got kicked out of writing classes in college, But I ended up winning Emmys for writing voiceovers, small little lines,” Hubbell says. It was a tough start for him.

“Well, I suppose being painfully misunderstood. I suppose that’s the one thing, being painfully misunderstood and even going back to the university days.”

“I mean, it wasn’t easy for me to get into a university, because you were already labeled. Well, your self esteem,” Hubbell said. “See, here’s what we do to folk: you got kindergarten, first grade second grade. The stuff we’re working on now is how we can show educators and parents and kids, how we can fix these things, we can work on these things. Let’s find the gifts in the kids, not what’s bad in the kids.”

“Let’s start at my elementary school. This is what it was like for me,” Hubbell said. “Harvey works best on a one-to-one situation, [but] he falls apart in group activities. He has had treatment for a perception problem.”

“I was amazed the first day of school to see him coloring a picture using both hands to color in different areas even though he could not stay between the lines. His art work and his written work in general indicate a lack of maturity, perhaps a perceptual problem. Printing is readable at times but all spelling was phonetically written. You’ll discourage him if you require written work and he is unable to do it. He needs help in all areas.”

Hubbell lays it all on the line. He talks about dyslexia anywhere and everywhere. You can get a hold of his documentary and show it at a venue and he’ll even put together a panel of people to talk about the learning difference. His hope is that educating everybody will prevent kids from suffering like he did.

For the rest of the interview go to WTNH.com and click on NYBERG.

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