Just in case you didn’t know that:
- It’s estimated that somewhere between 5% and 17% of the population has dyslexia.
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the U.S.
- Some schools don’t acknowledge dyslexia because providing specials services for those so diagnosed is cost-prohibitive.
- Many people think dyslexics see letters in the wrong order, as in confusing a b with a d.
- Videographer Jonathan Gohrband describes it as “basically looking at a foreign word.”
Says Gabrielle Emanuel, “That’s why dyslexia used to be called ‘word blindness.’ People with dyslexia don’t naturally process process the written word. They don’t easily break it into smaller units that can be turned into sounds and stitched together. This makes reading a laborious–even exhausting–process. Writing, too.”
And while some kids get the help they need and as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) in the company of a trained reading specialist or at least some form of tutoring, not all dyslexics are so fortunate. It comes back to money and how much any one district can afford–which is, again, why some schools don’t even say the word.