Is Dyslexia a Blessing or a Curse?
By Maura Baker
People talk about Dyslexia or having Dyslexia in many different ways. There is the argument that having Dyslexia is a huge disadvantage, especially in school, as it may take you longer to read/write/comprehend class material. There is also the argument that having Dyslexia is a huge advantage, as Dyslexic people often have many strengths and talents in many areas. But, which argument is right? Well, let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of being Dyslexic.
Advantages of Having Dyslexia
People who are Dyslexic often are very intelligent and see things through a big-picture lens. Many of them can see multiple perspectives at once, and can see beyond the formulaic elements of academics. Lots of Dyslexic people tend to be very curious and like exploring complex ideas.
Dyslexic people also find that they have talents in many creative areas. Many things fall into the creative categories; music, story telling and listening to stories, even sports and kinesthetic intelligence can bring out the creativity in people. In order for society to work and advance, it’s important for different people to be good at and like different things.
Despite many Dyslexic people having trouble with reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension, many Dyslexic people are actually great writers, speakers, leaders, etc. Dyslexic people are often persistent as a lot of the time, they do have to learn to self-advocate.
Disadvantages of Having Dyslexia
Whether we like to admit it or not, we live in an academic/school oriented society. Many people with Dyslexia do have trouble with school, especially reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension. This can cause many Dyslexic people to lose confidence in their abilities, and it can make school hard and unenjoyable. Dyslexia can also make standardized tests harder too. Depending on if you plan on pursuing higher education or not, standardized tests like the SAT or ACT can be important.
Dyslexia can make everyday life harder, as everyday you often have to read or write fast, which is hard for many people with Dyslexia (labels, street signs, etc).
Many people with Dyslexia can also experience low self-esteem as a result of struggling with reading and writing. Additionally, many times Dyslexic people get made fun of or are talked down to for being Dyslexic, and it can be hard to find support.
So, what is the answer to the argument about Dyslexia? The answer is, that Dyslexia has both advantages and disadvantages, and it really comes down to what you make it.