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Stormy leaned forward hesitantly, squinting at the words. He began to read, slowly, and with enormous effort.

"D...D-a-r-i-n-Daring...Daring Do was...ever...a...o-old...mark...espit...w-what...er...mam....guess."

Rainbow Dash blinked at him-she'd never once encountered that sentence, not in all her years devouring the Daring Do series. She glanced at the page, checking for herself.

Daring Do was never a bold mare, despite what her name suggested.

Stormy continued reading. "B...but...arin...Daring Do...id....l-life....was....bot...to....c-cha...ge....fever."

Dash checked the page again, flabbergasted.

But Daring Do didn't know her life was about to change forever.


Rainbow felt her insides gripped with ice. "Stormy..." She said, horrified, "You can't read?"

Stormy hid his face, ashamed. "I...I can read, Mom. Honest. It's just...the words don't always make sense. The letters get all mixed up and move around and I can't figure out what they say." He scuffed the ground with his hoof. "...I told you I wasn't very smart."

Slowly, everything began to make sense to Rainbow Dash. Her son's anxiety and hesitance in school, his years of disastrous report cards....She glanced from the book to her son, and felt a strange, sudden urge to cry. Looking at her son, and the shame on his face, Rainbow Dash knew that something was very wrong.

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cleaned up another work doodle

Stormy has pretty intense dyslexia (in his case, a disorder involving difficulty in reading and interpreting words and letters) and growing up, it deeply affected his performance in school, especially once he hit his teens. Stormy was failing in school for a long time before his parents figured out what was wrong....Rainbow agonizes a lot over not catching her son's disability sooner, and blames herself.

After this, Stormy received specialized instruction from both Princess Twilight and Missus Cheerilee, and it works a bit, but it's too little too late. Stormy drops out of school as a teenager, and Dash maybe feels too guilty to really stop him. Stormy's little sister, Ember, is also dyslexic, but the family catches it earlier and Dash is pretty aggressive about her younger two daughters staying in school.

this whole incident has left stormy pretty insecure about his intellect and abilities. He usually hides this behind a smile.

related: Just Seventy-Two Hours by Lopoddity ( <---Stormy is about the same age here and considering dropping out of school at that point)

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NextGen: Aerostorm by Lopoddity
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:iconsilverwolfmyght:
SilverWolfMyght Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Stormy's a girl?
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:iconsararini:
sararini Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, he's a guy. What makes you think he's a girl, the ponytail?
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
Poor Rainbow. At least she can take comfort in knowing she wasn't the parent who, while loving and kind, managed to miss that their child needed glasses, despite both sides of the family tending towards needing glasses and wearing glasses themselves.
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DepressedPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you read the description? He has Dyslexia, severe. Letters and words jumble to the point that it appears as though nothing is correct. Glasses won't repair that.
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
I was drawing the comparison between the scenarios. I'm well-aware that glasses won't fix dyslexia. Here Dash missed something that her son could have feasibly hidden for a long time and that while extremely damaging to his self-esteem, posed no risk to his physical well-being. In the other scenario I present, the child in question could have gotten hurt because they couldn't see well.
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DepressedPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that makes more sense. Must've misunderstood what you were saying. Sorry, sir or madam.
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UniversesCollideInc Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
It's fine. I did phrase it somewhat awkwardly.
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Luna-Artist Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i hug the pegasus? My cousin has dyslexia and i know how hard it is for him, he's very smart though and know much more than i do and he's younger than me. He has to do online high school for multiple reasons and his mom has to help him with multiple tests because he can't focus enough to do them himself
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MaeraFey Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Finally! I'm so happy to see a character with dyslexia in your gallery. This may not seem like such big of a deal but kids with dyslexia really need to see characters like them in fiction. I still remember when I read "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" for the firs time. The idea that a person who suffers from the same disorder as I may not only be a protagonist but also a hero blew my mind. 
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JibberJibbs Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Student General Artist
I love Stormy a whole lot more now cause I have Dyslexia too. Not that severe but just annoying enough to be bothersome, I get his struggle :( 
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AnonymousNavi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Previous Stormy :heart: :heart:
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Dandric101 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture reminds me of this scene from Game of Thrones. www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2C_Ht…
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:iconcolorfulfandomwriter:
My greatgrandpa (according to my granny.) Had Dyslexia.Wasn't good at reading but he could build stuff great. 

And I know the feeling of having a disorder found out years to late.And Stormy shouldn't call himself stupid.
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OnlyHuman097 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
So he has dyslexia?
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LittleChUckles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
i don't have dyslexia but i know i am pretty dumb.. :/
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:iconmaerafey:
MaeraFey Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have dyslexia but I know I am pretty bright.
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Rocherz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Make him wear glasses first.
Oh wait, it's canonical. Never mind.
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Cattailarts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, oh no. 
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mewichigo1234 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I know this felling all to well when you can't read what is on the page in front of you!!! I my self have dyslexia, it makes it hard for me to read and it frustrates me. The hardest part for me when I was in school was the reading out loud in class, in fact I feared it so much because I was sacred to be made fun of for making a mistake!!! It's hard having a learning disability is a society that prides it's self on perfection. So my senior year in high school I finally decided I wouldn't care what others thought of me and gave them the old one two when they called me stupid or dumb, I knew I was smart and that's all that mattered to me. :D (Big Grin) Clap Sweating a little... I am a dummy! B-) (Cool)  
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Cattailarts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You tell them!!! 
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mewichigo1234 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You bet I will, I hate others who think they are better then others. Just because some one is different then you doesn't mean you can make fun of them.
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DeviantPegasister Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Breaks my heart, my best friend's brother is in high school and can hardly read at all, it really upsets me how things like that can slip through the educational system's cracks. I know that doesn't have much to do with the pic but hey.
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DeskManiac Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
;-;
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CityCitrus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
*cries painfully*
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KiattyKatty Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;;;;-;;;;
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Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
It look like Stormy have dyslexia.
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KyoKyoSanPony Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Filmographer
I don't have dyslexia, but I do have at least two learning disabilities (although I don't know whether to call one of them a learning disability, it's just sort of a weird disorder that can tamper with my learning a bit). I have ADD and color grapheme synesthesia. Whenever I'm in math class I get distracted with thinking about colors whenever I see numbers (which makes me want to draw in class), and sometimes when I look at objects I start thinking of the numbers that I assigned the color to. I take medication for my ADD, so it's not so much of an issue, but sometimes I forget to take it (normally on weekends), and I'm just... a mess XD
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Okamarie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have dyslexia and disbraxia 
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Tylicia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hey, I have grapheme-color synesthesia too~
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KyoKyoSanPony Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Filmographer
Hey fam~ :meow:
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CitrusEucalyptus Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Wow.
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Xarsha Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Was this inspired from your job in improving children's reading comprehension? If so, then I can see how this scene reflects your care and concern for your students. This is indeed a very heartfelt scene, especially with this context.
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. :) Yes, this scene was inspired by my teaching job.
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Xarsha Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
I see. I thought so ^^ Y'know, I've been wanting to tell you that I feel excited every time I see another update from you. Your NextGen cast tells so many wonderful, relatable stories, almost as if you were staring at life itself straight in the eye as you wrote them. You've inspired so many of us, me included. I think you'll make a fantastic art teacher when the time comes, and a great one at anything that comes before that. I sure know that the best art teachers I've ever had were very inspirational people by heart :)
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PineappleBarghest Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand how he feels. Especially when the teachers sometimes assume you're not very smart or lazy to do work when really it's because it's difficult to understand. To this day I get embarrassed about reading out loud to anyone because of it
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RagnorokIrons Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Well time to hug a horse
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Furzade Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Dyslexic hippie horse, or sad mother horse who blames herself? Maybe both?
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RagnorokIrons Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Both 
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bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student Writer
Woah, that's intense, and really sad.
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Chesra Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
teach me how to hoooooffff
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woodenpen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
poor baby! But great work on the art! I really felt the stress and anxiety from the picture
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Xx-CupcakeMash-xX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I wanna hear Stormy's voice so bad!! X3 I dunno why, but just by looking at him, his voice should be like David Wald who plays Asuma Mutsumi in "Kiss Him, Not Me!" OwO
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwww
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Shadowwolf14 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, poor Stormy... I love the little tidbit of character information. He's still a smarty in my book since he knows about what REALLY matters, even if he can't read he thrives in life. :)
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IslandMan949 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Damn, here I thought I saw the chilliest guy ever and bam...! I end up crying for I know what he's going through.
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Goldenwarrior12 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student General Artist
i dont have dyslexia but when i was young i had trouble reading but i kept at it even when i wanted to give up and now i can read 12th grade level books and im only in the 9th grade
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Featherfury Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Dyslexia? That's rough. On the bright side, Stormy really isn't stupid. My high school math teacher was dyslexic, and it affected how she comprehended numbers.
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:icongodzillamaster69:
Poor guy. :'(
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GigasGhosts Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
poor stormy, but I gotta say I really like this addition to his character! it's a lot more interesting than him just being dumb
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hawaii42612 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
awww :'d
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