Many successful, creative and famous people also have dyslexia; bold sentences below outline some unfortunate misconceptions.
- Children with dyslexia are not intelligent.
“As a child, I was called stupid and lazy.” (Henry Winkler, actor, producer, director)
- Children can grow out of dyslexia.
“I was . . . an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.” (Agatha Christie, mystery writer)
- All children with dyslexia present in an identical manner.
“I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.” (Tom Cruise, actor)
“Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said that I was not living up to my potential.” (Cher, singer, entertainer, actor)
“My problem was reading very slowly.” (Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize Board Head)
“My teachers say I’m addled…” (Thomas Edison, inventor)
- Children with dyslexia are not motivated.
“I was one of the ‘puzzle children’ myself — a dyslexic . . . And I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit!” (Nelson Rockefeller, Governor, Vice-President, Advisor)
- Dyslexia is rare or does not even exist.
1 in 5, that is, 20% of our population present somewhere on the continuum of dyslexia. (Sally Shaywitz, 2003; research from National Institutes of Health)