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I am not a disorder

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In America, as many as 43.5 million people may have dyslexia (Society of Neuroscience). It is estimated that between 5-10% of the population has dyslexia, but this number can also be as high as 17%. Youth with undiagnosed dyslexia are more likely than their nondyslexic peers to drop out of school and become unemployed, underemployed, or incarcerated? Students become embarrassed about feeling stupid so they lose interest in school. This makes them appear lazy when it’s actually a symptom of not wanting to fail.

So what does it mean?

Difficulties in acquiring and processing language from a lack of proficiency in reading, spelling, and writing. It is usually runs in families.

Why not call it a disorder?

Negative stigma. Who wants to be called disorderly? I believe that working alongside the difference is much more accepting than attacking a part of who you are born as.

By placing blame on this difference, it creates shame because of it.Rather I would like to call this term as being differently-abled.


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