Special Interview with Dyslexic Emily West, Runner Up on America's Got Talent?
“There’s a brilliance to dyslexia that people don’t talk about. I accepted (my dyslexia) as a gift.” —Emily West

Emily has always been an artist. She learned early on that school was not going to be where she shone brightest. Her parents nurtured her creativity and in third grade, hearing Patsy Cline inspired Emily to be a singer.

While Emily struggled in school, she refused to be defined by her dyslexia. In 2014, she was runner up on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Watch Emily talk about overcoming her learning challenges to achieve extraordinary success!
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About Michael Hart, Ph. D.

Michael Hart, Ph.D. trained as a psychologist and served in a clinical capacity for many years. Currently, he is the founder/owner of www.drmichaelhart.com and provides webinars, online courses and onsite presentations/training for parents, educators and specialists regarding the proper educational care of our dyslexic students.

Michael is also the co-chair of the UNESCO MGIEP advisory committee for a large-scale literacy development project in India.  The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) was established by the Government of India. MGIEP is an integral part of UNESCO and the organization’s specialist institute on education for peace and sustainable development to foster global citizenship.

In addition, Dr. Hart also serves as a subject matter expert for Understood.org, one of the largest repositories of information about learning disabilities in the world.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Hart served as a clinical psychologist, educational administrator and expert witness for learning disabled students in various settings including pediatric inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, private practice and K-12 school settings. During his practice, he administered the full spectrum of psychological tests, behavioral assessment tools, affective inventories, projective tests, academic achievement tests and behavioral interviews.  His experience spans from infants to adults and he has conducted approximately 1000 evaluations.

A special thank you to Learning Ally for collaborating on the distribution of Emily's video interview as a part of
our national celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month.