Dyslexia is the most common neurodivergence, and most understood, usually affecting someone's ability to read or write accurately.
What is dyslexia?
For every ten people, one of them is likely to be dyslexic
There are around 700 million dyslexic people worldwide
Despite being 10% of the population, 22% of dyslexics are unemployed
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. It can also include challenges with information processing, short-term memory and timekeeping.
However, these challenges don’t stem from a deficiency in language, word processing or motor-control, they are the consequences of a unique brain processing function that means people with dyslexia often have a broad range of cognitive features and strengths too.
Common dyslexia challenges:
- Time management
"I struggle to read and write, and sometimes processing things. Although I'm figuring out better ways to deal with my dyslexia."
"The words move around on the page, I feel like everything I do is just harder for me than others."
Common dyslexic strengths
Dyslexics are often very creative individuals. This is because they are often trying to find other ways to solve problems, learn things differently, or makes things easier, giving them the capability to think outside the box.
Strengths in spatial awareness and pattern recognition means that dyslexics tend to be able to design graphics, structures, even buildings, in ways which others haven't considered. This makes them groundbreaking innovators.
A common misconception is that dyslexic people are poor communicators, but it is usually a strength for them. Having to explain how you live with dyslexia, in a way that is easy for others to grasp, requires strong communication skills.
Another common strength is being able to consider the bigger picture. Dyslexics are good entrepreneurs and managers, as they can look past the detail and focus on what really matters - and they've been doing it their entire lives!
Did you know that Richard Branson is dyslexic?
He has gone on to be one of the most successful entrepeneurs in the world!
Examples of good jobs for dyslexics
- Graphic Designer
- Account Manager
- Sales Manager