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Dyslexia Facts and Statistics:
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is neurological in origin and hereditary.
Dyslexia causes language-based learning difficulties due to a deficit in the phonological component of language.
Dyslexia varies in severity and may involve difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, and speaking.
Dyslexia is considered a learning disability because it interferes with school performance.
1 in 5 people are dyslexic.
It is estimated that 70-80% of people with poor reading skills are likely dyslexic.
20% of the elementary school population nationwide is struggling with reading.
30% of children with Dyslexia also have at least a mild form of ADD/ADHD.
Dyslexia can be remediated with proper instruction and accommodation.
Dyslexia does NOT impact intelligence.
Most dyslexics are of average or above-average intelligence.
Studies show that individuals with dyslexia process information in a different area of the brain than non-dyslexics.
Dyslexia can be a Gift:
Dyslexia can actually be an asset in achieving success.
- have excellent reasoning and narrative skills
- have a strong sense of empathy
- have strong critical thinking skills
- are logical thinkers
- are often highly creative
35% of company founders in the US identified themselves as dyslexic.
It has been reported that over 50% of NASA (North American Space Administration) employees are dyslexic. This is because dyslexics tend to have exceptional problem-solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness.
Dyslexia is associated with differences in visual-spacial abilities. These differences can be an advantage in fields such as science, technology, engineering, visual arts, and mathematics.
Among the many successful dyslexics are Charles Schwab, Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Jay Leno, Richard Branson, Steven Spielberg, Dr. Carol Greider, Steve Jobs, and John Chambers.
Please refer to the link below for more information on successful dyslexics - The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.