I am a member of the Windows Insider program, albeit not as active as some others, so I quite familiar with Ms. Dona Sarkar, who was the Chief Ninja Cat and fearless leader. Filed under “I did not know this”, these types of secrets that most of us have and not shared are ultimately doing a disservice to ourselves and our fellow humans. I would Fist Bump her if she ever came to the Charlotte offices of Microsoft and we got a chance to chat.
Last year, Sarkar began talking about another subject important to her: dyslexia. She was diagnosed five years ago, after struggling to read an eye chart. It turned out to be the reason why she always dreaded reading aloud in school. It’s why she often transposes letters and numbers, especially in sequences like flight and tracking numbers. And it’s why charts, graphs and metrics reports are sometimes challenging to read at work.
“When I see 10 numbers on a slide with percentages and line charts, they all start swimming together,” Sarkar says.
Lately, Sarkar has started talking about her disability on stage. At a Microsoft Ninja camp for teens with disabilities, she demo’d how she uses Immersive Reader, Focus Mode and other Office tools to manage her reading. At the company’s ninth annual Ability Summit, she told an internal audience of more than 1,500 people about her dyslexia.
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