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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:280
  • eBook ISBN:9781927778036

Ellen’s Story

by Ellen Szita

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Overview
“Ellen’s Story” is a testament of her persistent struggle for literacy, the crippling defeat Ellen personally suffered in her adult life due to this problem, and the ultimate steps she needed to take toward triumph. Ellen’s triumphs came with more pain. Literacy problems had devastated her life and her relationships; she felt an incredible fear knowing the lives she had hurt. But then she learned that she was far from alone; there were millions in Canada that were feeling the same shame and hopelessness that had. What was the true number of people–particularly children–suffering as a result of this issue? The terrible effects of literacy and numeracy problems on human health, wealth and happiness are unseen. The victims face lifelong shame, guilt and failure. Her hope for Ellen’s Story will open eyes to real destruction of hidden epidemic and give courage to those willing to come forward and attend classes. But more importantly, since less than 5% of adults with learning difficulties seek help, Ellen hopes her story will give courage and hope to others.
Description
“Ellen’s Story” is a testament of her persistent struggle for literacy, the crippling defeat Ellen personally suffered in her adult life due to this problem, and the ultimate steps she needed to take toward triumph. Ellen Szita’s story begins in England as World War II breaks out. As a victim of the times and of a society unaware of learning disabilities, she fell further and further behind in a system focused on only achievers. At the age of 18, contemplating a dim future as an ill-educated factory worker and bearing thoughts of suicide, Ellen immigrated to Canada. But dreams of a new life of marriage, children and friendship never came to be; struggles with learning disabilities sabotaged every hope. Her marriage failed, she sunk into a deep depression, and tried to raise four children on welfare. Eventually, after intensive therapy, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and with only grade seven reading skills. Through the incredible support from the Victoria READ Society, a special school in British Columbia, Canada, Ellen came to believe she could learn, and learn, she did. Ellen’s triumphs came with more pain. Literacy problems had devastated her life and her relationships; she felt an incredible fear knowing the lives she had hurt. But then she learned that she was far from alone; there were millions in Canada that were feeling the same shame and hopelessness that had. What was the true number of people–particularly children–suffering as a result of this issue? The terrible effects of literacy and numeracy problems on human health, wealth and happiness are unseen. The victims face lifelong shame, guilt and failure. Her hope for Ellen’s Story will open eyes to real destruction of hidden epidemic and give courage to those willing to come forward and attend classes. But more importantly, since less than 5% of adults with learning difficulties seek help, Ellen hopes her story will give courage and hope to others.
About the author
Born in England in 1941 and one of eight children, I was sent to school knowing I would be factory fodder. Education was not important for what was considered, lower class people or the poor. No one could have foreseen the future, as being able to read and write would be a matter of survival. I immigrated at age eighteen with serious low literacy skills and a great deal of depression including an attempted suicide; believing I was leaving. all the pain behind. Eventually I married and for a long time it was a safe place for me to be. However, the marriage did not last and I had to look for work. Being fired from two jobs because of my low academic skills, I gave up looking and lived on welfare for eight very long years. The suffering my four children went through at result of my not being able to help them with their schoolwork was immeasurable and three of my children dropped out of high school. Through guilt and shame, my drinking escalated. I am but one person who touched the lives of my four beautiful children. How many children are out there who won't have the chance to walk down the street and feel like a whole human being, to have access to what is rightful theirs because of their parents guilt and shame. Canada is a country that I hold most dear to my heart and that is why I write this book because I believe that many Canadians are unaware there are 12 Million people in this country who have and are suffering as I once did.
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