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"What a terrific character. Jackie Flowers is a professional: intelligent, competent, and yes, dyslexic!"
  - J. Thomas Viall, Executive Director
  International Dyslexia Association
"Stephanie Kane brings us Jackie Flowers, our own personal heroine whose learning disabilities both threaten her success and power her remarkable achievements, and whose fortitude is a genuine inspiration."
  - Jane Browning, Executive Director   Learning Disabilities Assoc. of America
"Kane's descriptions of what Jackie experiences in school and then on occasion in her professional life are accurate representations of what many people with LD encounter in their personal and professional lives.  Seeds of Doubt continues to provide a wonderful example of what people with LD contribute to all facets of life."
  - Ted May, Director
  University of Denver
  Learning Effectiveness Program
"Ms. Kane has beautifully created a main character who is both inspirational and real...  She has a genuine interest in portraying the challenges of disabilities in an accurate and authentic forum, while entertaining the audience with a superbly written crime mystery."
  - Susan C. Ballinger
   Learning Disabilities Assoc of Maryland
"This is a classically constructed story with lies and secrets revealed leading to a can't-put-it-down climax. The ending is true to the characters.... I can highly recommend this book."
  - William McKinley
  Learning Disabilities Assoc of CA

15-20% of the population have a language-based learning disability.
One such disability, dyslexia, is characterized by problems in decoding words. Dyslexia is the most common cause of difficulties in reading,
writing and spelling.

International Dyslexia Association,


I based Jackie Flowers, the heroine of BLIND SPOT, EXTREME INDIFFERENCE and SEEDS OF DOUBT on young people I know who have learning disabilities. I began with the premise that a person who has dyslexia could be a successful lawyer—maybe an even better lawyer—because her reading skills were limited. It has become increasingly clear to me that Jackie is not only viable, but she and her real-life counterparts have a great deal to teach.

With that knowledge comes a commitment not just to Jackie but to those of you who share her challenges. To keep that commitment, I need your help.

Click here to read interview with me by National Center for Learning Disabilities

The questions below are directed to those of you who have dyslexia or other learning disabilities, and to your parents, teachers and friends. I want to hear your stories: how dyslexia or your other learning disability has affected you, what your lives have been like in terms of creativity and success.


There are 20 questions. I’m interested in your responses to each and think you will be too. You can answer as many or few as you choose, but I'd be grateful if you took the time to answer them all in as much detail as you feel comfortable. Respond anonymously if you wish.

With your permission, I will post the most interesting comments on this web site.
If I select yours I'll send you an autographed copy of a Jackie Flowers book.

Click here to read posted comments

Your responses will be used by me only. I will not give your address to anybody else.

How old are you?
Are you male or female?
  M         F
What is your occupation?

What is the highest level of
education you completed?
Do you have a learning disability?
  YES          NO

If so, please describe.


If not, what is your relationship
with people who do?

If you’ve been diagnosed as having a learning disability, at what age
did that occur?
Have learning disabilities been a burden or a gift to you or someone you know? Why?
Please relate a positive experience you've had that was connected to learning disabilities (yours or someone else's).
Please relate a negative experience you've had that was connected to learning disabilities (yours or someone else's).
In what areas of your life have learning disabilities had the greatest impact?
Do you think you solve problems differently?
If so, how?
What is the most creative thing you’ve ever done? Explain how your learning disability helped or hindered in that creative process.
How do you best learn? (seeing, hearing,
multi-sensory approach, etc.)
How should children with learning disabilities be educated and tested?
Do you compensate for your learning disability in some way? Please explain.
What advice would you give a parent who just learned his or her child has
a learning disability?
What advice would you give the child?
What else would you like to say?
May I post your comments on this web site?
  YES          NO
If I post your comments, do you want to
remain anonymous?
  YES          NO
If you want to be identified,
what is your name?
May I contact you to discuss your comments?
  YES          NO

If so, what is your e-mail address?
Your address will not be shared with any third parties.


You can scroll up to review your responses before sending.
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