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Undiagnosed dyslexia forced him to drop out of high school, but O.C. man’s mission now is to help those with the neurological condition

Undiagnosed dyslexia forced him to drop out of high school, but O.C. man’s mission now is to help those with the neurological condition

You’re not applying yourself.

You need to work harder.

You’re stupid.

As a child growing up in Fullerton, John Rodrigues heard the criticisms over and over in response to his poor performance in the classroom.

He internalized the negative comments. At 16, he dropped out of high school.

“I just stopped caring about anything,” Rodrigues recalls.

It wasn’t until years later that Rodrigues, now 47, discovered his low grades had nothing to do with a lack of intelligence or work ethic.

“At the time I didn’t know it but I was an undiagnosed dyslexic,” said Rodrigues, a husband and father of a 5-year old girl, who now dedicates his life to raising...

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