There are many battles dyslexics face due to misconceptions about the condition.
I have to confess, that before I started volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland, I was one of the probable masses of people who think that dyslexia only affects literacy.
In truth, it’s so much more than that – which was what this year’s conference, that took place on Saturday, was trying to highlight.
Not only does dyslexia affect short term memory, but it also hinders time management, organisation and note-taking, and that’s just me talking in the most simple and broad of terms.
However, it’s not just the difficulties that dyslexics face that are misreported. All too often, having the disorder means that people are written off, when in fact it has been argued that because of the way the dyslexic brain works they are better than non-dyslexics at visualisation, seeing things as a whole and practical and creative tasks.
So not only is the full extent of the condition obscured, but the strengths that it is believed to create go unnoticed.
But it’s not even really about that. Strengths. Challenges. Ultimately just abstract words. It’s about seeing the person as a whole, for the individual they are. So when we say beyond words, that’s what we’re talking about. See the person, not merely a surmountable problem.