Updated: Mar 17
I first heard about filmaker Harvey Hubbell when I was looking for videos about dyslexia on YouTube. Harvey has dyslexia, and I had started to follow the making of his documentary, Dislecksia, and I made a point to watch it when it came out. I was pleased to see a really good documentary about dyslexia. Harvey’s film includes interviews with experts, celebrities and everyday people offering diverse perspectives about dysleixa. I thought it would be a great idea to interview him and got in touch. We talked in early 2017 via Skype. Harvey had a lot to say and was easy to interview. I think you will be able to tell from our conversation that he really wants to help people with dyslexia.
I always aim to interview those who have dyslexia over experts on the subject for two reasons. First, people who have dyslexia usually have a unique perspective on school, learning, and even making friends and forming relationships when you have a learning difference. And second, whenever I talk to them about what they've achieved, they almost always share that they feel their successes didn't happen in spite of their dyslexia, but that their perspective and the way they attack challenges in order to achieve success was usually enhanced because of their dyslexia. Every story is unique, especially when you interview somebody who has been living with dyslexia for decades. They can tell you what it was like to grow up with dyslexia in an era when schools were much less likely to conduct evaluations for it.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.