Understanding dyslexia is the key to cracking complex code

Sir Richard Branson
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AMERICAN author Frederick Douglass once said:“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

It stands to reason, therefore, that those in society without the ability to read are forever captive.

Throughout his schooling, local man Jason Carty was dismissed as “dumb” and “slow” for his inability to read.

As a consequence he was subjected to almost daily bouts ofbullyingand quit school aged just 16 years.

As it turned outMr Carty was neither dumb nor slow, but he was dyslexic.

Dyslexia is a disorder that is almost impossible for those not afflicted to comprehend.

After all, the words on thepage of a book, magazine, newspaper or computer screen are there in black and white, right?

Wrong.

For Mr Carty and, according to some estimates, about 10 per cent of the population, they simply do not appear in a legible order.

To many sufferers, words are jumbled in a nonsensical sequence that requires a veritable age to unscramble.

Their brains can quickly become exhausted as they struggle to decipher acode that comes so naturally to most.

It is no wonder that without the proper tuition and supportover the years many have given up and withdrawn –just as Mr Carty did –robbing society of some of its otherwise best and brightest.

Scouring through a list of some of the most well-known people throughout history thoughtto beafflicted with dyslexia reveals the potential lying within.

From novelist Agatha Christie, to businessman Sir Richard Branson, to director Steven Spielberg, to America’s first president George Washington –the list is endless.

There is no doubt the Australian education system has become better at identifying and assisting people with dyslexia.

But there are still students who fall through the cracks as they struggle to overcome the stigma of their learning difficulties.

There is a lot of money spent helping people with dyslexialearn to read.

Perhaps the next greatstep forward is to educate the rest of the population on the plight these people face every day of their lives.

– Ross Tyson, deputy editor

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