This week Reading Horizons is focusing on the strengths of those with dyslexia. Although dyslexia presents its possessors with many difficulties in reading and writing, the condition also provides dyslexics with many valuable skills worth celebrating!
The number of dyslexics in the U.S. population is variable, depending on the source; most statistics offer the range of 5 to 17%. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects that the number of dyslexics is around 15% of the U.S. population. That equates to 46 million Americans. If this condition impacted intelligence and cognition, that number would be disheartening. However, this condition is independent of IQ, if not supportive of higher IQ’s.
Daniel Pink, writer of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, strongly affirms that individuals with strong right-brain functioning – such as dyslexics – will rule the future.
The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity and “big picture” thinking skills that cannot be outsourced or automated. Pink believes right brainers will be invaluable as the future becomes more technologically advanced, making many current jobs redundant.
Because of their condition, dyslexics naturally develop strong right-brain abilities, making dyslexia an advantage in the theory of Daniel Pink. According to Pink’s research, 35% of small-business owners are dyslexic, and self-made millionaires are more likely to be dyslexic than the average population.
It is important for individuals to be aware of whether or not they are dyslexic because there are both positive and negative impacts that this condition can have in their lives. The sooner the signs and symptoms are uncovered, the sooner one can begin to learn how to manage the negatives and appreciate the benefits that are associated with the condition.
This personal awareness can be gained through use of the Dyslexia Assessment created by Reading Horizons. Assessments of the same length can often be very costly and can require setting up an appointment with a specialist, but Reading Horizons is offering it for free to people who visit the Free Online Dyslexia Test page.
Although consultation with a specialist should be sought, this assessment can help people recognize whether or not this is a necessary step. Reading Horizons can also help dyslexics overcome their reading and writing difficulties, so they can focus on utilizing the valuable abilities that come with their condition: