Born autistic, Ron Davis grew up labelled a “dummy” at home and a “mental retard” at school. Despite his severe learning disabilities, he became a successful engineer, businessman and sculptor. Davis was functionally illiterate until the age of 38 when he discovered a method that allowed him to read a book cover-to-cover for the first time in his life without struggling.
Ron Davis believes that dyslexics have visual, multi-dimensional minds which are less predisposed to word-based thinking and it is this difference in perception that causes dyslexics not to recognise printed symbols such as letters of the alphabet and written words. When control can be gained over perceptual disorientation by using simple mental processes, and Davis Symbol Mastery, then someone who is dyslexic will be able to read and write without problems.
As a result, Ron Davis went on to research and develop training procedures known as Davis Dyslexia Correction Program, for dyslexic adults and children that are now changing the face of special education and learning disability throughout the world. These methods are geared towards the unique learning style of dyslexics. The unique aspects of his work are a series of perceptual and kinaesthetic exercises called Orientation Counselling which enable people prone to disorientation and who suffer from learning difficulties to control the mental processes that cause distorted perceptions of letters, words and numerals.
Davis has developed creative learning procedures called Symbol Mastery which allows dyslexic students to think with symbols and words so they can learn to read easily and with full comprehension. The process involves students modelling symbols and word concepts in clay, a multi sensory process that enables them to exercise their creativity. With this approach, learning is permanent.
The Davis methods have a 97% success rate correcting (not curing) dyslexia and related conditions such as dysgraphia, dyslcalculia, attention difficulties and dyspraxia.
In just the following nine years DDAI has established branches all over the world, including New Zealand. DDAI provides referral services and technical support to more than 300 licensed Davis Facilitators, in twenty-two nations and in seventeen languages.
Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) was founded in 1995 by Ron and Alice Davis. Its goals are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning styles and to present methods for improving literacy.
Even here and now, in the 21st Century western world, countless thousands of people suffer injustices, unfair treatment and humiliation throughout their childhoods and into their adult lives simply because they struggle to read or write. Often they appear to be bright in every other respect. Often they are dyslexic.
Despite all our technological advances, literacy remains crucial to living a life of quality yet too many dyslexics around the world continue to suffer silently.
Davis has helped many thousands of adult and child dyslexics all over the world to read and see their way of learning as a talent and to enhance their natural creative ability.
Professional services described as Davis™, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery™, Davis Orientation Counselling™, Davis Math Mastery™, Davis Attention Mastery™, Dyslexia the Gift™ and Gift of Dyslexia™ may only be provided by persons who are employed by a licensed Davis Specialist, or who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators by Davis Dyslexia Association International