Yesterday afternoon I listened to the life story of a dyslexic/ADHD young man. He understands. Dyslexia and ADHD are not something that can be cured. It is an organic structure that is for life! I am constantly amazed at how many in education, especially, think that you can “cure” dyslexia and ADHD or they think you can cure it with medicine.
Why do I get so angry about this? After working with International Dyslexia Association (formerly Orton Dyslexia Society) for years while developing a program for dyslexics here in the Midwest, I have lived this condition, taught to this condition, and parented to this condition. It is not easy.
Even though it is a disability, dyslexia is manageable. Granted when coupled with ADHD, dealing with it is more challenging, but it can be done. To fully explain this condition and to share how we have managed it will take a number of entries. But I assure you that when I called my daughter last night to tell her about the presentation, her first words were that she wished people understood it cannot be fixed, outgrown or covered up with medication. I assured her that Jonathan Mooney emphasized that repeatedly through his presentation.
Dyslexia is for life. It does not have to be a disability but a gift. The dyslexic learns to succeed in ways that the typical individual does not. Dyslexia is for life, but it can be one heck of a great life if you understand it, train to it, and capitalize on the intelligence that accompanies it. Thank you, Jonathan, for shouting it to the world!