Three Common Dyslexia Myths

(And the real truth of the matter)

Whether you are an expert on dyslexia or far from it, it’s easy to be fooled by the misinformation surrounding dyslexia. By spreading the word, we can show people the truth about dyslexia, and create a deeper awareness and public understanding around this very common condition.


Myth: Dyslexia just means you reverse letters
Truth: While reversal of letters can be a symptom of dyslexia there is much more to it than that. Dyslexia is a complex condition that affects different people in different ways and severities. A person’s individual experience with dyslexia is as unique as their fingerprint.

 

Myth: You can grow out of Dyslexia
Truth: This one isn’t as commonly heard as some of the others, but it’s not something you’ll forget when someone tells you they, “used to have dyslexia” when you know that’s not how it works. Dyslexia is a difference in the “hardwiring” of the brain and it’s not something that just goes away.

 

Myth: Over 50% of NASA employees have dyslexia
Truth: While we would love to believe this one is true, sadly it’s just not the case. It is sort of  encouraging, though, that the public still believes this one. It shows that people are finally starting to understand that dyslexia has no connection to intelligence, and that many people with dyslexia are wicked smart.