Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

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The discussion: dyslexia, dyscalculia blog has mentioned a few famous dyslexics in past posts. We were cheered this week to see a new list published on the Codpast: famous comedians who are dyslexic. You´ll find English, Irish, Scottish, and American comedians on the list, including the late great Robin Williams. Comedian and actress Ruby Wax is even quoted on the effect dyslexia had on her comedic skills:

“I was dyslexic, and would make up sentences and people would laugh. I wasn’t trying to be funny. I just chose the wrong words.

You can discover the full list here: read more. The rest of the Codpast site is also worth exploring and is full of appealing content and informative nuggets for dyslexics.

As the new academic year looms around the corner, first time college students may feel a bit apprehensive about starting this period in their lives. For dyslexic students this apprehension can be even greater than for others. USA Today ran this article by Esther-Irene Egan, a dyslexic student who initially dropped out of college but, powered by her love of learning, re-enrolled and is now a student at University of South Carolina Upstate. Egan share´s her list of study tips for dyslexics and ends with this quote:

Your disability doesn’t define you. So, when someone tries to tell you that you can’t do something, know that you have the power to disprove that. Read more.

Resources

For parents or students a new diagnosis of dyslexia can feel overwhelming. Likewise, a parent who thinks their child may be dyslexic but is not sure how to confirm this may feel lost and uncertain of where to start looking for information. For a good jumping off point, have a look at the International Dyslexia Association. The website can give you an overview of dyslexia and point you towards testing centres (primarily in the U.S. and Canada).

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity offers resources for both parents and teachers and has a special focus on dyslexia success stories and overcoming dyslexia. For families based in the U.K., turn to the NHS website on dyslexia to find testing options and resources for dealing with dyslexia.

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