October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and we invite you to learn some interesting facts about Dyslexia and see how some of our campuses have celebrated. 

According to Overcoming Dyslexia, a book by Sally Shaywitz:

  • In the U.S., it is estimated that 1 in 5 people have dyslexia.  
  • While dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning, prioritizing and timekeeping, they may excel at out-of-the-box thinking or seeing the big picture. 
  • There are different types of dyslexia. Spelling ability, not reading ability, is often the best indicator. 
  • Dyslexia is not just a reading disorder. It is a difference in brain organization that facilitates some skills and makes others difficult to develop. 
  • Dyslexics do not see words backwards or words moving on the page. That is a myth. 
  • Traditional tutoring will not improve a dyslexic student’s reading skills. Structured literacy instruction is essential. 
  • Common strengths include creativity, listening comprehension, math reasoning, and social skills. 
  • Dyslexics usually have an average or above average IQ. Often their verbal comprehension is above average. Dyslexics can also be gifted/2e. 

According to WebMD and Understood.org, some famous celebrities who have dyslexia include: 

  • Anderson Cooper (News Anchor)  
  • Cher (Actress/Singer) 
  • Danny Glover (Actor) 
  • Keira Knightley (Actress) 
  • Jay Leno (Comedian, Late Night Host) 
  • Jennifer Aniston (Actress) 
  • Muhammad Ali (Professional Boxer) 
  • Steven Spielberg (Movie Director) 
  • Tim Tebow (Professional Football Player) 
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Actress) 

For more information on dyslexia, check out these helpful resources from Understood.org: 

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