With 5% of the population being dyslexic and most not being diagnosed, we are fortunate when someone breaks the silence and talks about it. The video below is a Ted talk and one of the best I have see. What am amazing girl.
The Wall street Journal recently had a great article on Dyslexia, featuring many successful ones that wee able to "overcome" it through creativity and hard work.
According to the article:
Actor Henry Winkler was told he was stupid. A teacher labeled Dan Malloy, the future governor of Connecticut, "mentally retarded." Delos Cosgrove recalls "hanging on by my fingernails" in high school and college before becoming a thoracic surgeon and the Cleveland Clinic's chief executive officer.
Each has dyslexia, a condition that makes reading difficult but has little to do with intelligence. Mounting evidence shows that many people with dyslexia are highly creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, and neuroimaging studies demonstrate that their brains really do think differently.
For the complete article, a version of this article appeared April 2, 2013, on page D1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Dyslexia Workarounds: Creativity Without a Lot of Reading.
There have been a lot people people talking about autism and aspergers recently - and some have asked about the link between the autism/aspergers and dyslexia. As far as I can tell from research, there is no link, but there are a number of people that have both, just as though there are people who are overweight and have blue eyes.
For people looking for a forum on the subject, try wrongplanet.com which is a forum for people with autism and aspergers. Check out http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt223887.html.
There are a lot of famous people with aspergers including Dan Akroyd, Al Gore and Bill Gates.
A lot of people feel bad about themselves, but depression is more common in people with dyslexia. There are likely a number of reasons for it, but the main reason likely is because they see the world differently. It would be like being the only left handed person in the world. As a lefty, many simple things would be tough, like using a can opener, but many things would be much easier, like playing first base. Anyway, focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.
Just a reminder of all the great people that are a were dyslexic - in the video below. Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison just to name a few.
According to the blog Additude, there is a new documentary that shows how kids with learning differences, if given the right resources, can be very successful.
"I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That introduces us to five children who are mislabeled as slow or lazy. These resilient children and their families, who speak plainly and evocatively about their learning differences, get the right help, tap into their strengths, and leave their challenges behind. "
The awareness of dyslexia is so low - that the best thing we can do as a community is help others recognize it. The HBO movie, below, is really the first film about it and hopefully will do for the dyslexia what Al Gore did for the environment in his film.
More news about Steven Spielberg being dyslexic. He continue to struggles with reading and writing, but have you seen Lincoln? It's hard to believe that reading and writing don't come easily for one of the most creative artists in the world. According to ADDConnect (http://connect.additudemag.com/groups/topic/5784/)
According to the Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg recently admitted to having dyslexia -- the first time he has publicly talked about it. "It was the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," says the director in an interview on friendsofquinn.com. Diagnosed five years ago, Spielberg learned to read two years later than his classmates, who bullied him so much that he dreaded going to school.
As we all know, many, if not most of the most creative people in the world have dyslexia or some other learning disorder. At the top of the list is Steven Spielberg - perhaps the finest film maker in the last 30 years. Like many adults, he was not diagnosed until he was an adult and took her own child in to be tested to reading problems.
In an article in the Montgomery News he talks about about his struggles with reading - and he he overcome it by focusing what he was good at. "It is something that I have had since I was a child," he explained. "It was not fun to go to elementary school and having other students and teachers not understand my reading problems." Today, " [I have] accommodated my life to the challenges of dyslexia and I feel very proud of that. When you are a child you have to achieve a different balance when you find yourself to be dyslexic."
Another great success story. Philip Shultz is a Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry. There is a great article in the NY Times about him, and how he did not know he was dyslexic until he was an adult and his son was diagnosed as being dyslexic. This, as many of us know, is a very common story.
In the article he writes "I WAS well into middle age when one of my children, then in the second grade, was found to be dyslexic. I had never known the name for it, but I recognized immediately that the symptoms were also mine. When I was his age I’d already all but given up on myself. "
You can read more the whole article by going to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/sunday/with-dyslexia-words-failed-me-and-then-saved-me.html?_r=1.
According to Donna Flagg, having dyslexia was the best thing that happened to her. This is something you hear from so many people that have dyslexia, that much of their success came from their having dyslexia. Once a person with dyslexia can overcome the hurdles and learn to adapt - their dyslexia will carry them further than most others. Those with dyslexia ussually have incredible insights into people, complex problems and can visualy connect things that others can not.
According to Donna Flagg from the Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-flagg/dyslexia-is-the-best-thin_b_936096.html "it does nothing to prepare kids for the real world of work where emotional and psychological skills come into play as much as, if not more than, the tactical and technical. For me, it so happens that what made the situation unbearable from K through 12, is also what forced two things to happen which could not have been foreseen at the time. One, I developed the kind of survival skills that can't be taught from a textbook. And two, my brain was unable to adapt to the status quo. As a result, it's as if all the best parts were preserved, which turn out to be the most valuable assets I've brought to bear on my professional life. Not to mention that in the process, I learned to fight the system, communicate very well verbally as I dodged bullet after bullet, and most importantly, discovered that there was no point in listening to people who thought they knew about me and believed they had the authority to define who I was under the guise of their authority and/or title. They didn't.