October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia affects around one in five people around the world. So, it’s no surprise that many celebrities have it too! Athletes, actors, inventors, entrepreneurs, musicians, authors, and artists have all made the list. Some of the famous people with dyslexia include Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, Tucker Carlson, and Ozzy Osbourne. Now that’s quite an eclectic list!

But what is dyslexia? Is it a learning difficulty or a learning disability?

Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to process and interpret language. It is often characterized by difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling, as well as poor phonological awareness. Dyslexia is not caused by poor vision or a lack of intelligence, but rather by differences in how the brain processes language. It is estimated that approximately 15-20% of the population has dyslexia.

Dyslexia can vary in severity from mild to extreme. If your dyslexia is severe enough to substantially limit your ability to function in one of the areas above, that likely meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of disability.

There are many signs and symptoms of dyslexia, and they can vary from person to person. Some of the most common signs of dyslexia include difficulty with reading and writing, spelling, memorization, following instructions and even socializing with others.

Dyslexia is a complex and challenging disorder, but with the right support and treatment, those with dyslexia can achieve academic success and lead fulfilling lives. Some ways that you can get involved include:

· Participating in dyslexia awareness events

· Connecting with advocacy groups

· Educating others about dyslexia

· Urging lawmakers to increase funding for dyslexia research and support


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