Living with dyslexia (COM0011 – Blog Post #3)

  • Alexander Graham Bell – inventor and scientist.
  • Tom Cruise – Actor.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Artist and inventor.
  • Steve Jobs – co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Tim Tebow – American football player.
  • Thomas Edison – Inventor.
  • Albert Einstein – Scientist and mathematician.
  • Henry Ford – Ford motor cars.
  • Jay Leno –  talk show host and comedian.
  • And many more.

I have something in common with all of them, We all have dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that mainly affects the way people read and spell words.

Being dyslexic I have trouble with spelling and grammar, Those with dyslexia can have difficulties with spelling, Reading, Rhyming and discerning left and right to name a few.

The use of technology such as text to speech helps when spelling words I have difficulties with. To read more about assertive technology check out this article Assertive technology for dyslexia.

Dyslexia has its weaknesses, But it also has its advantages.

  • Dyslexics often enjoy and excel at solving puzzles.
  • Dyslexics have excellent thinking skills in the areas of conceptualization, reason, imagination, and abstraction.
  • Dyslexics have a strong ability to see concepts with a “big picture” perspective.
  • Dyslexics are adept to excellence in areas not dependent on reading.
  • Dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average.
  • Dyslexics’ special mode of thought easily produces the gift of mastery.
  • Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence.

– See more at: http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia

In this TEDxYouth video Piper Otterbein talks about Overcoming Dyslexia And Finding your Passion.

I am going to end this post with a quote by Albert Einstein that I think is fitting.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

References

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_diagnosed_with_dyslexia)

(http://www.dyslexia.ie/information/general-information-about-dyslexia/famous-people-with-dyslexia/)

(http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia)

(http://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/Dyslexia-Brain-Differences-and-Cognitive-Skill-Weaknesses,55654)

5 thoughts on “Living with dyslexia (COM0011 – Blog Post #3)

  1. How did you find out you were dyslexic? Is there testing you have done? Were your parents instrumental in helping you navigate your way through the school system?
    My son’s father is dyslexic and we have been curious about my son. Are there different levels of dyslexia?

  2. I was never officially tested, But I have a lot of the same difficulties that go with having dyslexia.
    I was homeschooled so my mom was able to suit my homework to what i could do.
    My mom and one of my sisters also have dyslexia.
    There is not so much levels of dyslexia just different people have difficulties with different things, For example I have troubles with spelling and grammar but I’m good at math, Where someone else could have troubles with numbers and be great at spelling.

  3. Great blog. As you say, creativity must be heightened in those with dyslexia, which would explain the long list in your link of the many talented actors who have succeeded in the highly-competitive world of show business – Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, and Kiera Knightely (just to name a few); as well as famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Ansel Adams. Your quote underscores the message of your post very well. Thanks for teaching me something about dyslexia.

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