Well apart from being a real pain to spell (honestly it wasn’t a dyslexic that named it) it is a learning difficulty… Quick run for the hills dyslexics have a learning disability!
Yes we do but what is it? Well Wikipedia describes it as:
Dyslexia is a very broad term defining a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or comprehension accuracy in being able to read, and which can manifest itself as a difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, or rapid naming.
Dyslexia is distinct from reading difficulties resulting from other causes, such as a non-neurological deficiency with vision or hearing, or from poor or inadequate reading instruction. It is believed that dyslexia can affect between 5 and 10 percent of a given population although there have been no studies to indicate an accurate percentage.
Okay so that’s interesting and doesn’t really explain what it is… All I can tell you is about my own brand, you see everyone has their own variations… Some can read but not write, some can write but not read, and some can’t make sense of any sequence. I unfortunately fall into the latter as well as a smattering of the second…
Confused? I am. But then I’m allowed to be as I have a piece of paper telling me that I can be. Which of course is a whole other problem, but first my dyslexia – Kate’s Brand.
When I was tested I was found to have the IQ of 123 (an easy number to remember…) and yet I can only arrange a story or sequence of pictures in the right order to an age of eight years. (It’s a problem when writing stories…!) My reading is fine but I have the spelling of a fourteen year old. I add up comparable to a ten year old and my vocabulary is poor. In general knowledge I scored low with a top age range of nine. Well you get the idea… I could go on about arithmetic and symbols but I guess you can see how it works, and how everyone’s dyslexia is different.
So the next time someone says, “I’m dyslexic”, nod and then don’t assume they can’t read… It could be a variety of factors that make up dyslexia, some of which are instantly obvious, and some hide and are only a problem to the person on the receiving end.
Why then become a writer? Well creativity is one huge advantage… Us dyslexics are some of the most creative people on the planet and although we have issues they are all surmountable. So if you have dyslexia do not let it hold you back and never use it as an excuse. Just think that dyslexia certificate puts you on par with Lewis Carroll, Bill Gates, Cher, Charles Dickens, Zoe Wanamaker, Agatha Cristie, Albert Einstein, Danny Glover, Hans Christian Anderson, Leonardo di Vinci… do I need to go on? (Yes? Well just follow this link.) What I can tell you is that the more you practice the better you become, and it does get easier… honest. 🙂