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StoryCorps: Ida Cortez and Kim Wargo

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Cortez_small Ten-year-old Ida Cortez had trouble learning to read and spell. Her parents began to realize that something was off when she was in kindergarten. After talking with Ida's teachers, they figured out that Ida had some sort of learning issue because she was advanced verbally, but struggled with reading.

Ida was officially diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade, when she was 6 years old.

Ida tells her mom that she hated every second of learning how to read, but that her mom inspired her and helped her to learn.

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Piece Description

Ten-year-old Ida Cortez had trouble learning to read and spell. Her parents began to realize that something was off when she was in kindergarten. After talking with Ida's teachers, they figured out that Ida had some sort of learning issue because she was advanced verbally, but struggled with reading.

Ida was officially diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade, when she was 6 years old.

Ida tells her mom that she hated every second of learning how to read, but that her mom inspired her and helped her to learn.

Broadcast History

NPR's Morning Edition 2.6.08

Transcript

KW: What are something that you wish people knew about dyslexia?

IC: I wish people knew that its not like an illness of the brain. It's a difference of the brain. I mean, every brain is a little bit different, maybe ours are just a little bit more.

KW: Do you remember when, when you were trying to learn how to read?

IC: Yeah, I hated every second of it, actually. But someone, and she's sitting right in front of me, inspired me and helped me do it. When you were helping me read, did you ever for a moment think that I wouldn't be able to?

KW: I never believed that you wouldn't learn how to read. But, you know, I got frustrated at first. I was like, 'There's the word, you just said it why can't you read it again?' And I didn't understand what was going on, because I knew you were so smart. And then we talked to your teachers and they helped us see what was going on. And then I knew h...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Time now for StoryCorps...
Across the country, people come to StoryCorps to record interviews with friends and loved ones.

This next story comes from San Francisco...

10-year-old Ida [Eye-Dah] Cortez is dyslexic...
...so she's had some trouble learning to read and spell.

Recently, she sat down with her mom, Kim, to talk about it.

"What are some things you wish people knew...but I can do it." 1:48

OUTRO:

Ida Cortez with her Mom, Kim Wargo [WAHR-Go], at StoryCorps in San Francisco.

Ida now reads ABOVE grade level...

Her interview, like all StoryCorps interviews, will be archived at the Library of Congress.

To see pictures... and to subscribe to the podcast, visit NPR.org.

Additional Credits

NPR, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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