"Dyslexia affects 20% of the population, and 80– 90% of those with learning disabilities."

Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia, pp.13- 24

Dyslexia Defined

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

- International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia is:

  • Genetically linked
  • A different wiring in the brain
  • NOT an indication of a person's intelligence
  • Characterized by an average I.Q., with deficits in reading, spelling, and/or writing
  • Trouble copying words and numbers

Dyslexia is not:

  • A vision problem
  • Reading backwards
  • Writing letters backwards
  • Reversing Letters
  • A result of being "distracted", "lazy", or "too energetic"

"Dyslexia can’t be “cured”-But with the right supports, dyslexic individuals can become highly successful students and adults."

Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia, pp.13- 24