October is Dyslexia Awareness month! At ACC, we’re passionate about all of our staff and students having equal opportunities to shine and we wanted to shine a spotlight on dyslexia and what we can do to help.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that is genetic and highly hereditary which means it runs in families and is caused by the way the brain develops. A child has a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent has it and a 100% chance if both parents have it.
It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia. The condition can affect a range of different areas in people’s lives including their organisation and time-keeping, information processing, confidence in social situations, concentration and even daily routines.
It’s a common myth that people with dyslexia read words or letters backwards. This is, in fact, not the case and writing letters backwards is quite common amongst all young children when learning to read and write.
Did you know Britain’s favourite foodie Jamie Oliver is dyslexic. Other famous figures that identify as dyslexic include Richard Branson, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Keira Knightley and Gwen Stefani. Historical figures that are believed to have had dyslexia include Walt Disney, Leonardo Da Vinci and Pablo Picasso.
As the list of incredible creative people above supports, studies have shown that dyslexic people excel in areas such as creative thinking and are more likely to be creative individuals. Those with dyslexia often excel at connecting ideas, thinking outside the box, 3D mapping and seeing the ‘big picture’. Often, they find success in the fields of art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, maths, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports.
If you think you or someone you know may be dyslexic, depending on your or their age, an assessment can be organised through school or college, or through local dyslexia associations. If you’re an ACC student or staff member, speak to your campus learning support team!