Dallas Academy was thrilled to welcome inspirational speaker Eric McGehearty to campus on Monday night to present Doing it Backwards: a Dyslexic's Success Story with members of the Dallas community. The Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association hosted the evening’s program and was instrumental in bringing Mr. McGehearty to campus. The presentation was a part of the DBIDA’s October Dyslexia Awareness Month’s special programming.
Mr. McGehearty is a 1996 Dallas Academy alumnus and was active in the performing arts and technology department during his time on campus. Mr. McGehearty then went on to the University of the Ozarks to pursue a bachelor’s degree in art. During his time at the University of the Ozarks, Mr. McGehearty was an active member of the Jones Learning Center where he pursued academic accommodations for his dyslexia. Mr. McGehearty shared with the audience how Dallas Academy and the Jones Learning Center contributed to his success and were instrumental in teaching him how to advocate for himself.
Mr. McGehearty then went on to pursue a Masters of Fine Art from the University of North Texas and to show his art work nationally in venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Museum of Fine Art at Florida State University, and the Piedmont Arts Museum in Virginia. In the field of public art, Mr. McGehearty’s project in Fort Worth was recognized by the Americans for the Arts as one of the forty best projects in 2007.
Mr. McGehearty shared stories with the audience of his personal struggles and successes as a dyslexic with the audience. His presentation highlighted how perseverance, self-advocacy, and hope made him into the successful person that he is today. Mr. McGehearty uses sculpture to reflect his difficulties reading and helps audiences see in to the world of print disability. He founded Headstrong Nation: Dyslexia Empowerment Group, a group for parents of children with dyslexia and ADD. He also founded GLOBERUNNER: Driving Customers to Your Website. When not making art, Eric works as a consultant and spokesperson for Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.
Dallas Academy was honored to welcome distinguished alumnus Eric McGehearty to campus and to give him the opportunity share his inspiration story with our community.