Ronald D. Davis

 

It took Ron Davis 38 years of struggle to regard himself as a complete human being. Born deeply autistic, he endured daily abuse at home and was labelled mentally retarded at school. Then, against all the odds, he somehow emerged from a void of isolation into the real world around the age of nine. By the time he was seventeen, his IQ tested at 137.


At age nineteen, speech therapy made it possible for Ron to speak coherently, but sadly he was still unable to read because, he was also severely dyslexic. He remained functionally illiterate until the age of thirty-eight and even though he achieved success as an engineer and businessman in that time, he was hiding from everyone around him the fact that he could neither read nor write.


Then, in 1981, he performed an experiment on his own perceptions that profoundly changed the way he experienced reality. This seminal breakthrough enabled him to correct and control the involuntary perceptual distortions which were at the root of his dyslexia. For the first time in his life, he was able to read a book, cover to cover, without struggling.


Wishing to investigate his personal success in overcoming his life long reading problem, he experimented with several dyslexic adults who experienced similar immediate relief from their dyslexic symptoms. In 1982, with the help of educational psychologist, Dr Fatima Ali, he researched and developed an intensive one-week counseling programme for correcting dyslexia in adults and children, and opened the doors of the Reading Research Council in Burlingame, California. He hasn’t looked back since.


Davis’s training methods, known as Davis Dyslexia Correction, are now changing the face of special education and learning difficulty treatment throughout the world. The unique aspect of his work is a series of perceptual and kinaesthetic exercises called Davis Orientation Counselling, which teaches dyslexic students how to recognize and control the mental state that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of letters, words and numerals. In addition, he has developed creative learning procedures called Davis Symbol Mastery and unique reading exercises, which allow dyslexic students to learn how to read.


In 1994, he wrote and published The Gift of Dyslexia to answer the continuous demand from parents and educators for a book detailing the Davis Dyslexia Correction methods. By spring of 1995 it was published in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish. Today, it is published in 18 languages. It is www.amazon.com’s number one best seller on the subject of dyslexia.


In 2003, he wrote and published The Gift of Learning about his methods for correcting maths (dyscalculia), handwriting (dysgraphia), and attention (ADD/ADHD) difficulties.


Ron and Alice Davis founded Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) in September 1995. Its goals are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning difficulties and to present methods for improving literacy. DDAI is accomplishing these goals through Ron Davis’ international lecture tours, professional workshops for teachers and therapists, certification and licensing programmes, its high profile website www.dyslexia.com and its international quarterly newsletter, The Dyslexic Reader. Today, there are more than 450 licensed Davis Facilitators worldwide providing Davis Dyslexia Correction, Maths Mastery and Attention Mastery Programmes in 30 languages and 40 nations.


Ron’s work with addressing autism began in 1982. Among the dyslexic clients who came to the Reading Research Council, there were also often children and adults with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum characteristics. The successes these individuals experienced using the Davis methods began his quest to develop a standardized programme for addressing autism. In February 2008, he released the Davis Autism Approach Programme and began training Davis Facilitators in its delivery. In October 2008, Davis Autism International was established to take his work further. Ron is currently working on a book for parents and therapists about his methods for addressing autism.


Ron Davis was born in 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has two sons, Ray and Philip, and five grandchildren. He has been married to Alice Davis since 1975.