I use the word ' Dyslexia ' - but really I don't like that word and I don't think its appropriate either. Why define someone by what they can't do ? Or something they have difficulty with ?
A normal aspect of humanity has been distorted into something negative.
Yes we are undoubtedly weak in some areas and strong in others – Dyslexia is a complex ' condition ' – and that is because it's the human condition.
It's not just about children learning to read. Our education systems can have the effect of highlighting these children’s weaknesses while ignoring their strengths. The classroom is a dangerous place for these children.
Its so annoying after all this time to experience the misconceptions that rule in society when it comes to dyslexia. Yes there have been changes in the education system – but not nearly enough, they still don't really get it. Parents and children both feel the stigma, the embarrassment, the shame. But it's the wrong people who are feeling the shame though. They take away the resource teachers, like as if its some kind of luxury we can do without, using the Celtic Slug to justify it, but its a false economy. These children are some of the brightest we have, some of our greatest talents. Putting a bit of effort into giving these children what they need would pay dividends for all of society. Instead of that we get condescending lip service.
WE ARE CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE, INTUITIVE PEOPLE, WHO THINK, LEARN AND EXPRESS OURSELVS IN DIFFERENT WAYS TO THE MAJORITY.
Feargal ó Lideadha
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