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Progression from Quill Pen to Computer.

By Ray Johnson

In the days of the quill pen children all had to use the same writing tool. Some had to struggle with spelling. Because they were word blind, then the great and the good said use a dictionary. If you can’t spell in the first place you can’t use a dictionary.

Moving to modern writing aids called a computer. With its built-in spellchecker which gives a list of possible words to choose from. It is like mana from heaven to the dyslexic helping to level the playing field with spelling, but does not solve all the problems that dyslexic persons have.

All the children should be allowed to use the tools on the computer after all they are taught to use a computer in schools for when they leave school to enter the workplace.

By not allowing using the spellchecker you are penalizing and depriving the dyslexic person of a great aide.

Allowing everyone the same chance does not mean it is compulsory to use it, it means it is available if required.

From Ray

Ps spread this to all newspapers Worldwide to do a lot of butt kicking.

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I have set up two new groups for dyslexic suffers to be able to communicate with each other anywhere in the world using Dyslexic language no spell checking just write. It is the first words we learn and use I have been using it for seventy eight years.

Now I wil right in dyslexic please donot use strong language when you write to others and no relidgeious slurs. it is expected that we all muzt use academic English at all times. Each and every trade or occupation has its own genre and that is used to comunigate with outher.

I look forward to welcomming you to the groups and reading your entries and questions come and join it is all FREE !!!!

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Backs to the wall 1939

Just to let you know my book Backs to the Wall 1939 is on special offer .99p at  Amazon kindle books, just type in the title. This offer ends on Monday 28 feb

As I explained I have studied dyslexia for the last four and three quarter years I am 78 this was in a writing group all the members are retired three were teachers one a head master in English. We all printed a copy for each member to follow and ad their critique. After reading my short story, one Person Said I am not going to attempt to even read this rubbish luckily for me the chairman shouted at her, then asked if I was dyslexic. I had to admit ‘yes’ as if it was a disease.

From then on wards the whole group had an input every week to correct my dyslexia

Take one or two problems each week  what was wrong and how to correct them then use in my next story.  Also asking my input into their work, offering me the chance to become treasurer I did by computerizing of the book keeping. Then Continued running the accounts for four years.

This book is based on readability by dyslexics anyone over age of 12. Paragraphing plays a big part. And does not detract from the story, I would appreciate other opinions and any comments.  I am observing from birth to find the origins of Dyslexia.because of the writing group I know what to look for and how to remedy them.

A great Quote   Show me the man that can spell every word in the dictionary And I will show you a fool  If you can’t do it, then you to must be dyslexic. Best wishes Ray.


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Sorry for my absence

I have had my operation for crushed disc’s in my spine so missed the promotion of my book “Backs to the Wall” on the first of February.   There will be a special price of £0.99 from the 22 to 29 Feb when the price returns to £2.10 It is edited in a way for anybody to read from the age of 12 years old including any age dyslexic person.

I would appreciate any comment particularly the experimental paragraphing this does not detract from the story but helps slow readers to read easier to read please make comments the royalties will used to benefit others Best wishes Ray


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Communication without Words

Communicating without Words

This is parents communicating with new-born babies. Have a little think about it. You read their facial expressions even though they don’t know any words. They indicate when they need feeding, changing or had enough to eat by spiting it out or fall asleep when finished drinking. They enjoy receiving attention when they are fully awake. And smile when they feel safe. Also turn away if they don’t like a person.

They take in everything they see, in a soft voice tell them the name of what they’re looking at. This is when they start remembering the sound of words and names.

I use to take my granddaughter out in a buggy when she was only one and talk to her all the time we were out. People often commented he is talking to baby.  A year later I had a wonderful reward from my 2 year old when she said ‘Stop this is the tree where you showed me the birdies home it is up there,’ and she was right. There was a lady passing at the time. She stopped’ ‘How does she know that.’ A little voice said Because Grandad talks to me all the time he showed me this tree and the birdies home I have a home like the birdies. And he listens to me when I tell him about my dolly and we play shops.

I returned as if I was walking on air she is 18 now and at university and today she mentioned a story I told her when she was 5 about the man in the white bow tie. And the time I helped her to ride her bike and how she nearly run over me. And the funny looks people gave us when I was in the buggy.

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Backs to the wall 1939

This book is written in a special style to be read by anyone over 12 years.  To be released 1st February 2016 on kindle  book store . £2.10 inc vat. The day I have a spine operation.

Backs to the wall, is about Viscount Rupert Blocky, Peter, Maurice and Harry three of his close friends. Who were evacuated to a private boarding school, for the duration of the Second World War, in the First World War it was used as training ground for the Royal Marines.

Aged nine everyone in the new intake was children of very high risk families. As they were the next generation to take over the family estates there are many families still living, experienced the threat and then the full horror of being invaded. Experiencing bombs falling like rain and the thunderous roar when they exploded. Towns set on fire buildings crashing down.

Set against this background, this was no ordinary boarding school; all the other pupils were from the same type of background. Half the week was taken up with business organising and German language, in case we were over run. The second half was fitness unarmed fighting and weapon training as we advanced in age the training became very tough. Finally going out with Commandos and completing successful missions against saboteurs, traitors and sympathisers to the German cause, their aim was to take over Great Britain.

From the age of fifteen with the war nearly ended they returned home to college until they joined university. Rupert’s previous training as a leader and decision maker he could out think many villains as he took on more responsibly for the estate while learning to become a pilot.

You will live in their story, with many hair rising adventures in-between.

The British people are made of sterner steel. The local communities had home guard and young cadets trained for joining the army, Royal Nave and Royal Air Force when they were old enough to join. Women joined the land army and went into farms and factories. To build aeroplanes, others went into factories to make shells and bullets for our fighting troops. Food was on ration and in very short supply. Teachers were in very short supply forty five pupils to a class. All pupils having to leave lessons to go into the air raid shelters.

It is a tribute to all those who kept the home fires burning and all the members of the armed forces who returned to rebuild Great Britain and the never to be forgotten who gave their lives protecting ours.