Dyslexia is something that usually impacts reading, writing and spelling.  But what about Math?  There is something called Dyscalculia which does impact ones ability to do math.  According to wikipedia, there are a number of symptoms, but some of the key ones are:
  • Frequent difficulties with arithmetic
  • Difficulty with everyday tasks like reading analog clocks
  • Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level; for example, estimating the cost of the items in a shopping basket or balancing a checkbook
  • Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, mental arithmetic, etc.
  • Difficulty with conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time. May be chronically late or early
  • Problems with differentiating between left and right
You can see a more detailed list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyscalculia.



 
A lot of people wonder what is like to have dyslexia .  The problem is, it's different for everyone.  It usually impacts reading, writing and spelling - but it's not that simple.  Below is interesting video that illustrates, pretty well, what it may feel like to have dyslexia.  You can see that things move around a lot - a tough thing when you trying to focus.
 
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.   
 
The number of entrepreneurs that are dyslexic is absolutely staggering. Sine even put the number at over 50%.

The real question is why? What di people with dyslexia see that others do not. It does differ for each person - but the answer is ussually the ability to see and take in multiple things at once rather than process information in a linear way. Business is not linear.

 
Great story about a Dr. Toby Cosgrove and heart surgeon with Dyslexia - but can't pronounce or read peoples names.

According to the Yale Dyslexia Center, As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $4.6 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, nine community hospitals, fourteen family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and the developing Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
 
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.
 
Watch out lefties.  According to an new study, left handed people are more likely have ADD, Dyslexia or other Learning Disorders.  This is not well understood in terms of why - but something interesting non the less.

According to a Wall Street Journal article "Other recent research suggests that mixed-handedness—using different hands for daily tasks and not having a dominant one—may be even more strongly linked than left-handedness to ADHD and possibly other conditions.  About 10% of people are left-handed, according to expert estimates. Another 1% of the population is mixed-handed. What causes people not to favor their right hand is only partly due to genetics—even identical twins, who have 100% of the same genes, don't always share handedness. "

Below is a video of some famous  lefties - and of course, not all lefties have ADD, Dyslexia or something similar.  It's something interesting to think about. 



 
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."





 
Nobody know for sure what the cause of Dyslexia is and how is can be solved.  But there is new research to suggest that people with Dyslexia are not able to filter s well as others.  In particular, people with Dyslexia often times have a hard time filtering out noise.

According to Dr. Beattie, "these findings support a relatively new theory, namely that dyslexic individuals do not completely filter out irrelevant information when attending to letters and sounds. This external noise exclusion deficit could lead to the creation of inaccurate representations of words and phonemes and ultimately, to the characteristic reading and phonological awareness impairments observed in dyslexia."   Read more: High Background Noise Levels More Troublesome in Dyslexic Adults | MedIndia http://www.medindia.net/news/High-Background-Noise-Levels-More-Troublesome-in-Dyslexic-Adults-93881-1.htm#ixzz1g3jvPW6W

Of course every dyslexic is a little different, but it might be worth a try to find a very quiet place to work, read or write and see if it helps.

 
Dragon speech recognition is another great tool to help those with Dyslexia.  According to Nuance, the maker of Dragon. "Students with certain learning disabilities, especially those with language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia and working memory issues, use Dragon to help them with writing by taking the focus off the mechanics of composition—spelling, sentence structure, etc.—so it’s easier to transfer ideas into written words."

It has been shown to improve core reading and writing skills for students of all abilities, including those with physical or language-based learning disabilities as well as English Language Learners. Dragon lets students dictate papers and assignments three times faster than typing — with up to 99% accuracy. It also lets them control their computer desktop and applications by voice to get more done faster — whether they’re sending email, taking notes, doing research on the Web, or creating a presentation.