5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dyslexia

These days there is a lot of information circulating about dyslexia, yet the average person still knows very little about this very common condition. With your help we can change that. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about dyslexia.

Photo courtesy of  Dyslexia and Me

Photo courtesy of Dyslexia and Me

1. As many as 1 in 5 people have dyslexia

A lot of people don’t know how surprisingly common dyslexia really is. As much as 20% of the general population has dyslexia, and that number is pretty uniform from region to region and across different backgrounds. Also, while the ratio of people with dyslexia is constant, the number of people being diagnosed with dyslexia is increasing, likely due to increased awareness and acceptance of the condition.


2. There are famous dyslexic authors

When asked to think about professions that dyslexics would excel at, “author” wouldn’t be the first thing to come to mind for a lot of people. That’s unfortunate because their are many great dyslexic authors such as Anne Rice and Max Brooks. Moreover, these people didn’t become great authors despite their dyslexia, but rather because of it. Dyslexic thinkers tend to be more imaginative which gives them the ability to dream up whole new worlds.


3. Four of the Six “Sharks” on ABCs “Shark Tank” Have Dyslexia

When it comes to the business world, dyslexia can be an asset. Struggling with dyslexia growing up often makes a person more resilient and tenacious later as adults, both important qualities to have as an entrepreneur. That’s why 4 of the 6 “Sharks” on ABCs hit show “Shark Tank” are dyslexic and why more than 1/3rd of all U.S. entrepreneurs have dyslexia.


4. Dyslexia is for life

Because dyslexia is caused by a difference in brain structure, it’s not something a person can grow out of. A person born with dyslexia can expect to have it for their entire life, however, there are ways to lessen its downsides and even benefit from some of the more positive aspects. See our helpful resources page for more information on how to make the most of having dyslexia


5. Dyslexia has no impact on I.Q.

Dyslexia is in no way related to intelligence. In fact, many of the brightest minds to grace this planet were born with dyslexia. To see a list of men and women who used dyslexia to their advantage, check out our "Faces of Dyslexia" page.


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