Since sharing that dyslexia gif entry from Monday, it’s come to my attention that there’s still a huge amount of work to be done to spread the word about dyslexia. Thursday Thirteen seems like a great opportunity to do just that!
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Here we go, thirteen facts about dyslexia!
1. An estimated 15-20% of the American population are dyslexic. The number is similar in the UK.
2. One of the requirements for a diagnosis of dyslexia is to get a score of average or above on an IQ test. Because people with suspected dyslexia have lower reading ability than their peers, those tests are often given orally.
3. Not all dyslexics are effected in the same way. While all share the common trait of difficulty with reading, there are various levels of difficulty, depending on neurology, accommodation and other factors. Some also have problems telling left from right, reading clocks and other directional or procedural tasks.
4. Dyslexia is a unique type of neurology. It has nothing to do with eye sight. I have nearly perfect vision, and I still have dyslexia.
5. Dyslexics can learn how to read, write and speak in different languages. They just need certain accommodations and teaching styles to achieve optimal results.
6. Dyslexia can affect the same person in different ways from day to day. Some days, they may read well, while others, they can’t stand to look at text. As with all neurodiverse situations, it can be as dynamic as the person with it.
7. The word dyslexia was coined by German eye doctor, Rudolf Berlin. Up until then, it was only known as “word blindness”.
8. The term “dyslexia” can be broken down into two parts. “Dys” comes from the Greek word “dys”, which means “ill” or “bad”. “-lexia” is derived from the Greek word “lexis”, which relates to language and words.
9. Recent years have seen the arrival of numerous grass roots organizations advocating for better education about dyslexia for teachers, schools, the world of politics and the general public. In the United States, one of the most well known is Decoding Dyslexia, which is led by parents of dyslexic students. One of the biggest groups in the UK is Dyslexia Action, and The International Dyslexia Association is even wider reaching.
10. Dyslexic individuals are protected in the US under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
11. Although dyslexia comes with weaknesses, it also comes with strengths. Among the dyslexic community, big picture thinking, strong spacial skills, visualization and unique problem solving abilities are extremely common.
12. Dyslexia is hereditary.
13. A person never “grows out of” having dyslexia, but if they’re provided with the right resources, they can use it to achieve their dreams.