Dyslexia = No Barrier

Most of us know someone very close to us who has been affected by dyslexia. When you consider that the condition is so prevalent, it’s a wonder that many of us are completely unaware of what the condition entails or how it affects individuals. Imagine this though – every time you look at a page of writing, the letters of each word seem to jump around the page, blur or blend into the letters around them. If you’re trying to comprehend what’s written, you may need to read it carefully over and over until you can piece together something understandable out of each snippet of info you’ve absorbed. That is what dyslexia feels like and this is what those who suffer have to endure any time they read something longer than a couple of words!

People with dyslexia often have issues succeeding academically and children in particular can fall behind with their learning. It’s important to gain a proper diagnosis if you suspect you or a family member has dyslexia, because – if left untreated – it can cause a lifetime of problems. In fact, many undiagnosed dyslexics are thought of as ‘slow’, because they often have trouble pinpointing the reason they have trouble reading. When diagnosed though, people with dyslexia don’t need to face barriers to learning. Not only can those with dyslexia develop strategies for understanding the written word, but many go on to excel ahead of their peers, as they tend to draw on their other developed strengths, such as oral communication, artistic creativity, problem solving skills and people management skills. As the understanding of dyslexia increases, many sufferers are increasingly achieving success in professional fields that once seemed unobtainable by people struggling through school.

In fact, many dyslexics relay that their dyslexia actually helped them achieve goals, because they possess a unique perspective that allows them to solve problems and concepts that tend to be more creative than those without the condition. Careers such as creative arts, science, graphic design, architecture, interior design, landscaping and similar often have a large percentage of dyslexics at the helm. A great example of a high achieving dyslexic is former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, who was a college dropout that went on to become one of the most prominent technological innovators in modern history! The great thing about such high achievers is that their achievements bring awareness to the condition of dyslexia, which results in companies developing strategies to aide learners who may be experiencing difficulty.

The assistive technology and software created with dyslexics in mind include voice recognition software, word prediction software, spell checkers, accessibility applications and more. There are also visual aids like flow charts, mind maps, diagrams and similar that can significantly help somebody with dyslexia increase their understanding of a concept. Online learning resources further increase the ability of a person with dyslexia to succeed, with many online courses being designed for ease of learning and streamlined to only include the most relevant information (so no reading through hundreds of irrelevant pages of information just to learn a small percentage of what’s being conveyed).

With the awareness of dyslexia and its effect upon learners, as well as other learning barriers, most educational institutes have also trained their teachers, tutors and convenors about how to best help people who may struggle with reading or comprehension of their set work. At Courses For Success, dyslexic students will always have a strong network of support to help them excel at their learning and complete their studies with no barriers. No matter what your current learning ability is, we can assure you that you’ll be given the chance to succeed as well as any other student!

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