Writing: the emotional flashpoint of dyslexia

It was as if I had slapped her across the face in front of this room full of people.

Writing: the emotional flashpoint of dyslexia

Why is there still so much ignorance, and pain, attached to dyslexia?

Being a Grammar Fascist and a pain in the *ss about spelling, I had taken a copy of the handout sheet she prepared to go with her talk and quietly marked corrections to three spelling mistakes in the content. I wrote “#justsayin'” on the bottom, waited until no-one was looking and she had finished her talk, and slid the sheet over to her.

“I couldn’t care less about people who might object to some silly little typo,” she snarled, and sat down, deliberately turning as much of her back towards me as possible given that she was sitting next to me.

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Dyslexia: a positive advantage, even for writers

Did you know that many famous writers are/were dyslexic, including Agatha Christie, F Scott Fitzgerald and George Bernard Shaw? If you’re dyslexic and need (or want) to write, this article by Jane Hatton – founder of Evenbreak, the highly successful job board for people with disabilities – will truly lift your spirits.

Dyslexia is usually seen as a disability – a problem. Two authors, Brock and Fernette Eide, challenge this assumption and instead argue that dyslexia is an alternative way that the brain is wired, and can bring many unexpected and unappreciated advantages. [Read more…]

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