The Black and Dyslexic Podcast is here to educate, empower, and equip adults and parents of children with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. We offer an authentic and raw perspective into the challenges faced when advocating for yourself or your child with a learning disability. Black and underrepresented minorities don't experience advocacy the same way as our White counterparts.
Ep.1 | Dyslexia and Mental Health with LeDerick Horne
September 30, 2021 • 29 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Co-host LeDerick Horne as he shares his journey of winning over dyslexia when he entered community college after an early diagnosis. LeDerick shares how although he got an early diagnosis, it wasn’t until someone explained to him what it meant to be dyslexic and provided academic supports and services, did he thrive and become a published spoken word poet, international learning disability advocate and motivational speaker.
Ep.2 | Special Education Parent Warrior with Camillia Whitehead
October 6, 2021 • 81 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Camillia Whitehead as they talk about her journey as a parent of a
dyslexic child. For this Bad Azz Parent segment, Camillia shares the process she went through
to pinpoint her child’s diagnosis, the struggle with schools, and her advocacy towards dyslexia
Ep.3 | Research, Literacy and Advocacy with Kareem Weaver
October 13, 2021 • 56 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Kareem Weaver as they discuss all things advocating for special education services in K-12. He shares factors that contribute to the school to prison pipeline, why children aren’t learning how to read, what schools can do to ensure all children learn to read and how important it is for parents to get over the stigma of learning disabilities.
Ep.4 |The Intersection of Dialect and Dyslexia with Dr. Julie Washington
October 20, 2021 • 58 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Dr. Julie Washington as they talk about why Black parents should feel empowered to advocate and access resources for their children. Dr. Washington share’s insights into assessments, cultural dialects, and why it’s important to have a network of providers of Color, such as Black psychologist, neuropsychologist and school counselors.
Ep.5 | Conquering Dyslexia with Cultural Journalist Brittny Pierre
October 27, 2021 • 30 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Brittny Pierre as they talk about her journey of struggling in school. Her family thought she was lazy or not motivated to do well in school. When Brittny finally got the diagnosis of dyslexia, she felt relieved, but still didn’t know what she was supposed to do with that diagnosis. It’s still challenging when you don’t know what dyslexia is or what strategies you need to win over dyslexia.
Ep.6 | Bad Azz Parent Advocate with Nikki Francis
November 3, 2021 • 72 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Nikki Francis for another Bad Azz Parent segment. Nikki discusses her journey advocating for her daughter in Maryland public schools and as well as in North Carolina. She shares how instrumental her daughter’s self awareness was in her decision to leave the traditional public school system and decide to homeschool her daughter, more specifically join a Co-op.
Ep.7 | Let’s Talk Dyslexia Remediation with Janique Parrott-Gaffney
November 10, 2021 • 33 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Janique Parrott-Gaffney as they discuss all things literacy and dyslexia. Janique is a former special educator who realized she wasn’t properly equipped to teach her students how to read. She did a google search and found a program that trained her on structured literacy and later opened her specialized tutoring firm to help struggling readers.
Ep.8 | Access to Advocacy with Marcy Jackson
November 18, 2021 • 54 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Marcy Jackson as they discuss how educational consultants can help parents access special education services through an IEP or 504 plan. Mary also shares how Richard Weinfield, Executive Director & Educational Consultant, with Weinfield Education Group (WEG) has made advocacy accessible by providing no-cost, expert, special education advocacy to Black students with special needs whose education has been impacted by systemic racism with the SEE US program.
Ep.9 | From Accommodations to Remediation with OT Warren III
November 24, 2021 • 42 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with OT Warren III as they discuss his journey navigating public school, private school, and academic support services in College. He shares his successes and challenges all while advocating for himself as a student with dyslexia and now as President of OT Warren Management, an award winning arm of the Otis Warren Group, a third generation family-led real estate firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD.
Ep.10 | Winning Over Dyslexia with Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson
December 1, 2021 • 63 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson AKA Dr. Dyslexia Dude, as they discuss his journey of failing in school and not getting the support he needed as a young Black boy with dyslexia to how he won over the learning disability to achieve the highest educational degree. Dr. Robinson shares his passion for spreading awareness, understanding dyslexia, and his new course launching in the Spring.
Ep.11 | Accessing Accommodations in Higher Education and at Work with Dr. Allison Butler
December 8, 2021 • 41 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Dr. Allison Butler, as they discuss accessing accommodations in higher education as well as what reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Unfortunately, the disparity between Black and White students who utilize resources and services continues well into their post secondary education experience.
Ep.12 | Bad Azz Parent Segment with Host Winifred A. Winston
December 15, 2021 • 65 MIN
Join LeDerick Horne as he sits down with Winifred A. Winston for another Bad Azz Parent segment. Winifred discusses her journey of learning to be an advocate for her daughter. She shares about getting her daughter evaluated, how she learned to navigate IEP meetings, learning and researching to find the best options and how you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Ep.13 | Town Hall Meeting: Integrating Special Education with General Education with Urban Collaborative
December 22, 2021 • 55 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne as they facilitate the Town Hall meeting at the Urban Collaborative Fall virtual member meeting “Widening the Sphere of Success For All Learners: Integrating Special Education Within General Education” hosted by San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).
Ep.14 | From Self Contained to Mainstream Valedictorian with David Lucas
December 29, 2021 • 35 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with David E. Lucas, as they discuss his inspirational journey of self advocacy. As a quintuplet David shares how all of the boys were placed into special education self-contained classes, while his sisters were not. He learned how to self advocate, graduated valedictorian, and went to college for free.
Ep.15 | Dyslexia is my Superpower with Mack Dawson
January 5, 2022 • 33 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston as she sits down with Marcus “Mack” Dawson as he shares his experience going from being angry about his learning differences, to how he learned to harness them as his superpower.
Ep.16 | Literacy and Teacher Prep with Dr. Simone Gibson, Dr. Angelique Jessup & Heather Carney
January 12, 2022 • 46 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston with Dr. Simone Gibson, her academic lead on the Dyslexia Awareness campaign via MorganCARES and Morgan State University. They are joined by Dr. Angelique Jessup, and Heather Carney to discuss their collaboration around teacher prep in higher education, parent advocacy, and how they’re connecting with the local school district in Baltimore City, Maryland to reshape literacy in the schools and community.
Ep.17 | Why Black Literacy Matters with Clarice Jackson
January 19, 2022 • 50 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne with Clarice Jackson as they discuss her journey from parent advocate, the intense training to learn special education law, the call to fill a need "so all can read" to advocating on a national level.
Ep.18 | It’s a Wrap - Season 1 Recap with Winifred and LeDerick
January 26, 2022 • 30 MIN
Join Winifred A. Winston and LeDerick Horne as they recap Season 1. They discuss how getting this content out has impacted the community and their perspective on what it means to have unfiltered conversations around all things Black and Dyslexic.