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A Special Visitor
Senator Stephenson welcomed Aran Pollard on the Senate floor today. Aran and his Mom came to testify in behalf of Senator Osmond’s bill, SB117. Senator Stephenson asked Aran to stand on his chair, so that everyone could see him. Then, Stephenson said this:
Aran is a young man who came and testified in behalf of Senator Aaron Osmond’s SB117, which looks like we aren’t going to be able to get to today. But I wanted to acknowledge Aran and his mother Natalie for coming and testifying on that bill. Aran has a special gift. He has dyslexia. And that is a gift, but it’s also a challenge for people in learning to read.
Senator Osmond’s bill provides special interventions for children who have this special gift. I wanted to just note for you – some famous people, inventors and leaders, artists and others who have dyslexia. There’s an inordinate number of people, including: Alexander Graham Bell, Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, President George Washington, President Woodrow Wilson, and a whole host of artists, most of the great comedians that we enjoy today were dyslexic when they were growing up, and other very famous people.
In fact, studies have shown that self-made millionaires are four times more likely to have been dyslexic than the ordinary population. And so while it’s a challenge, while we are learning to read, it’s a wonderful gift for people later in their life. So we’re expecting great things from Aran Pollard as he grows up and becomes a great inventor, or artist, or maybe even a politician. I’d like to recognize him for being here today.
We are so glad we had Aran on the floor today! Watch the full clip here.