'American Horror Story' Actor Describes 'Perfect Storm' of Dyslexia

Ameer Baraka testified before a Senate hearing on dyslexia, research and education.
1:32 | 05/10/16

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For many years are allowed to flakes used to control my life are robbing me of my god given potential. Can you imagine. In my early teens know going to be anything but a drug deal. Neither my mother nor my school teachers were able to diagnose the reasons why a troubled learn. In my mind pursuing more formal education loan he wrote. I knew early in life that being dances. Physical therapist a lawyer with out of mar Reese because I could not read. Our turn to quicker pathways out of new warnings projects. Solomon in my community making weeks for themselves without three by selling drugs. And my defeatist attitude seemed to outweighs the positive values my granma the try to teach me. There were many more ingredients that help me make my decision to sell drugs for example. Having my mother and siblings called me names such as dumb and stupid using names such as these can cause any child to feel hope. Listen loss it was a perfect storm for me I chose to succumb to my environment while both Brothers and sisters excelled in school. I didn't care about my future or anyone else because I thought I was a dummy like meaning my mother methods and said. I became a street fellow and full of anger because I feel she's out of an education. Went to school just because I had to execute. Many Fridays that would linger because I couldn't past spelling test or I was sleeping and project hallways until school was out. To avoid embarrassment a push myself into a hole and I couldn't get out of it.

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