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Can dyslexia be a handicap?

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Can dyslexia be a handicap if not corrected?

That is an excellent question, but the answer may vary from one dyslexic person to the next. Since there are no two individuals displaying the same show of symptoms, the variety of solutions is equally high. The dyslexic adults I see in my practice certainly have not “outgrown” their dyslexic tendencies or found an adequate solution; otherwise they wouldn’t seek my help. They would certainly agree that the perceived handicap has to be corrected to stop influencing their lives in a negative way. Others have found “their niche” and successfully avoided having to perform in a profession that doesn’t suit their big-picture mind. Richard Branson couldn’t be called handicapped by his dyslexia, but being in his position, he wouldn’t be required to delve into literacy, write letters himself or read his own legal documents. I have talked to many dyslexics who admitted to having made sure to be successful enough to be able to afford staff or at least a secretary to deal with the areas they’d be struggling with.


Author: Barbara Hoi

I have worked for 14 years with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses one-on-one, founded Sydney Dyslexia and Autism Sydney, worked in Mosman and at a beach retreat at the Entrance and wrote three books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time', 'Nurturing the Secret Garden' and 'Learning your Times Tables in Three Bold Steps'). I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field. But I have also found that a proper diet as well as educating and working together with parents, friends and teachers matters even more. I am now working with small groups at the Entrance Beach Retreat, helping dyslexic adults fulfill their professional dreams and parents to help develop and nurture their child's potential.

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