This Chuck Close book--hope this link works--fastest way I could reply. If you can't click on it due to length, you can copy, paste.
I am DELIGHTED with how well this is going this year, and I think a lot of the reason is DUE to sharing Chuck Close's story through his book and video. Close suffered from a variety of learning disabilities as a kid, and my students (who also deal with dyslexia and other problems) feel that if he can do it, THEY can. And man, oh man, they DO! It is such a hoot to have kids look up in amazement saying they can't believe they're able to draw so well. I'll be sharing this year's pictures soon :-)