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I think one of the strangest things in the dyslexic experience is when words, letters or numbers vanish

Actually, not a bad way to teach math
basics, though the ‘no hearts’ = ‘zero’ may cause
the same problem I have.
By Learning Team B (Own work)[CC-BY-SA-3.0],
via Wikimedia Commons

from the page.

I think it probably has something to do with the same neurological mechanism that causes the reversals and moving words dyslexia is so well known for, but I don’t know if there has ever been any kind of study on that particular phenomenon.

That doesn’t mean it’s not one of the stranger experiences, though. Words do occasionally disappear on me, but usually it’s key letters or numbers that pull the vanishing act. Needless to say, that makes reading and math difficult.

Zero is the big trouble maker for me. Maybe that’s because the number is made up of more blank space than ink, or maybe it’s because I was taught early on that “zero” equated to “nothing”. Perhaps it’s a mixture of both, but my brain has the bad habit of dismissing the letter completely from whole numbers.

For instance, on a very bad day, I’ll get 6 or 42 instead of 402 when adding 400 and 2. One or both of the “0”s may not register, so naturally, I just use what I think I see – 4+2 or 40+2.

This is elementary school stuff, but when you’re not getting the full picture, there’s no hope of getting it right.

Now that I think a bit more on it, that’s a huge reason why stigma is still so prevalent when it comes to dyslexia, autism and all other forms of neurodiversity. The population at large still doesn’t have the full picture, so how can they react accordingly? Ironically enough, their struggle with the disability of ignorance is what causes many of us disabled in their eyes.

I already know that a huge part of the population is ready and willing to learn about all of our unique ways of thinking or doing things. They may have a hard time grasping the issues at first, but eventually, they get it.

Unfortunately, there will always be those who absolutely refuse to bend. They can’t seem to let go of their prejudices long enough to grow as people, or work with others to better the world.

Years ago, I took a series of classes about psychic phenomenon and intuition. Our teacher, Christine, told us something that has applied to most areas of my life. We’re not here to convince people of things they’re not ready to learn. We’re just here to use our gifts to make the world a better place.

That’s something I’ve carried with me ever since. We can’t force others to change their points of views, regardless of how harmful they may be. Instead, it’s healthier to concentrate on nurturing positive relationships.

Why wallow in toxicity when it will only make us sick?


Ignorance – The Real Disability — 4 Comments

  1. Wow, I didn't know that about dyslexia and disappearing letters or numbers. It's very interesting but must be frustrating to you. And oh, what a great attitude about not changing people's thinking but focusing on nurturing the positive. I hear it often that th eonly person we can change is ourself.

  2. Oddly enough, I thought it was something that just happened to everyone from time to time until I hit adulthood. It was never mentioned when I was a child, despite the fact I told the adults in my life that I just wasn't seeing things. Only after I started studying dyslexia and talking to others who have it did I realize it wasn't 'normal'.

    Anyway, yep! We can only change ourselves. I felt so much better about the world in general once I adopted that attitude.

  3. I love the closing line in this post, because right now this reminds me of a family situation that is fraught with emotion. Sometimes it all boils over. It isn't disappearing zeroes but rather a different kind of thinking from a different generation – and I need to let more things roll off my back. Alana

  4. I've found that philosophy really does apply to relationships across the board. Family dynamics are so hard to handle, sometimes, especially when generational issues come into play. I hope things smooth out eventually for you, Alana!

    (Lovely name, by the way. Alana has always been one of my favorites.)

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