A person is not dyslexia and is not attention deficit disorder. We can have dyslexia or ADD, just as you may have blue eyes or brown hair or asthma. They are conditions that are parts of us, but none define us. Dyslexia and ADD are not signs that your brain broken, just that it works differently than most people’s. These things can’t be cured or fixed; it is a part of you for life. With the right support, however, you can succeed in school and go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life. For most of us, the first step in finding is getting diagnosed and learning about this aspect of ourselves.
Take the time to learn — both about your weaknesses and about the strengths that often come with dyslexia and ADD.
Facts About Dyslexia and ADD
-One in seven Americans has a learning disability such as dyslexia
-Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities are entitled to special rights in school, such as untimed tests and tutoring
-Dyslexia and ADD often run in families
-Parents often know little about dyslexia and ADD
-Though their grades don’t always reflect it, people with dyslexia are sometimes very smart
-Students with dyslexia are often very artistic
-Dyslexia and ADD often occur together, but are separate conditions
[When you are done reading this, read some of the articles for students that SpecialNeeds.com will print in this space in the next few days–Ed.]