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This is a dyslexic’s website designed for dyslexics and their supporters.
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This is a site that takes ownership of dyslexia, and shares with you the practical reality of being dyslexic in a non-dyslexic world.
The understanding of dyslexia is normally confined by its very definition, a definition which is based upon its symptomatic product – a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills.
When we study the dyslexic we start to notice other trends and qualities, subjectively perceived as positive or negative, we are even recognising comorbidity in dyslexia. Yet what we are fundamentally failing to recognise is the dyslexic brain as a unit.
By that I mean a holistic view of the ‘dyslexic’ person, so we know someone with the cognitive profile of a dyslexic will have certain traits and pre-dispositions irrespective of the precise level of their literacy and language related skills.
It’s a bit like now we are recognising the field, the sheep, the buildings and hedges, defining and analysing each in isolation, but failing to recognise that what we have is not the individual components, but actually a farm.
Our treatment of dyslexia is essentially the same, you are dyslexic because of your failings in language, and not because of the cognitive processes you possess.
It’s hardly surprising then as we look we also find other registers in other cognitive processes that link to the dyslexic. Yet again we look and address these in isolation.
I would argue that for us to focus on one symptomatic output of the cognitive process of a dyslexic as the descriptor does a massive disservice to them, and as a principle is fundamentally flawed. We need to look further and define the holistic cognitive processes of the dyslexic to understand why dyslexics often excel and are over represented in the top ranks of people who are unusually insightful, who bring a new perspective, who think out of the box.
It is only by doing this that a wider and truer understanding of the dyslexic can be fostered, whilst breaking down the prejudice of the past. This site aims to assist that understanding.
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