Strengths of dyslexia

“Some of our children with dyslexia are among our most intellectually gifted humans…I love them. Our species would never be what it is without that form of brain organisation” Dr Maryanne Wolf

“Science has moved forward at a rapid pace so that we now possess the data to reliably define dyslexia … For the student, the knowledge that he is dyslexic is empowering … [It provides him] with self-understanding and self-awareness of what he has and what he needs to do in order to succeed.”
Dr Sally Shaywitz, Co-director of the Centre for Dyslexia and Creativity—Testimony Before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Representatives

“Dyslexic kids are creative, ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers. They have to be, because they don’t see or solve problems the same way other kids do. In school, unfortunately, they are sometimes written off as lazy, unmotivated, rude or even stupid. They aren’t. Making Percy dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.” Rick Riordon, Author (fellow dyslexic) Percy Jackson series

“Successful individuals compartmentalise’ their challenges they are able to see their difficulties as only one aspect of themselves. They were not overly defined by their difficulties. We need to focus on self-awareness in their social and emotional makeup,and physically, socially, in terms of their communication, and even in terms of their philosophy of life and their personal values and ethics. These are key to self understanding.” Dr Marshall Raskin, Frostig Centre US

“Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it.” Princess Beatrice of York

“It is more common than you can imagine. You are not alone. And while you will have this the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get where you want to go and it will not hold you back.” Steven Spielberg, Award winning director

“I try to get the point across that not everybody thinks the same way. There are obvious benefits to being ‘book smart,’ but I think common sense and creativity is just as good (maybe even better).” Dav Pilkey, Author (fellow dyslexic) Captain Underpants

“Dyslexia may take many forms, but they have one characteristic in common, they can learn and they can ‘make it’ in society if properly taught.”

Worthy dyslexia documentaries to watch that include strengths:

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Rethinking Dyslexia: The Big Picture 

Directed by: James Redford

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The Dyslexia Journey

Directed by: Allan and Susan Raymond

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Dislecksia: The Movie

Directed by: Harvey Hubbell V