The best description of what trying to read is like for someone with Dyslexia I have found is this. Imagine sitting at a school desk, a big textbook in front of you, with music blaring in your ears through headphones, you can’t remember what the acronyms mean and the words don’t always fit together so they make sense. And there’s a teacher standing in front of you, asking why you aren’t reading faster, telling you your behind the rest of the class. This is not the experience of every Dyslexic and, like in this Business Week story, many people with Dyslexia learn workarounds, and find benefits in how they see differently. Having trouble learning to read (in our lock-step educational system) forces a student to learn to work around to keep up. There are a large number of great ways to teach someone with Dyslexia how to read and work within a school system, in fact all of the people I know with Dyslexia are voracious readers–but may also like video games and books on tape. It is a great thing to have articles like this which make so clear the benefits of growing up different. It is important for all people who are family and friends of people who think differently to see the benefits–good job on Business Week for this article!
“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” – Margaret Thatcher