Journal is powered by Vocal creators. You support N M by reading, sharing and tipping stories... more

Journal is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.

How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.

How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.

To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.

Show less

Dyslexia - What You Don't Know

Living with Dyslexia

Let's start off by stating that I am dyslexic. Many of the sentences I write may or may not make sense, so I do apologise in advance. 

I will hopefully help people understand that dyslexia isn't just an inability to spell - it's much more than that.

1. It's a struggle to read.

A huge, and mostly overlooked, aspect of having dyslexia is a struggle to read. Reading for us is like trying to fix a puzzle piece horizontally -without looking at the picture for reference. The words randomly jump out, each one commanding the slightest bit of attention (words to us are all a bunch of attention seekers).

The way in which I like to describe is through the following picture.

You see, everytime you look at this picture your brain automatically jumps to the black dots which are not there. This is a good representation of what reading is like for us. We cannot concentrate solely on the horizontal lines on the page, as our brain refuses. After a while it becomes exhausting and eventually, we give up. 

We also cannot read in a straight line, and most of the time must re-read the same line 5 or more times, and we can't remember the information until it finally hits us; we can't remember the book, I mean, as we have probably fallen asleep by this point. Our memory is another factor which I will discuss later on.

2. Writing is a big part of our lives.

Whether it's for school or not, we still have to write; not only do we have to spell the words correctly, we have to read at the same time. I know I'm being very contradictory when I say this but I hate writing, and yet knowing that no one knows me on my writing platforms relaxes me. I know that I will not meet anyone on here in person and it gives me a way to improve and be myself.

So more about writing; most of the time we tend to "mix up" letters so, for example, "b" and "d" are very similar to us, same with "f" and "t" or "i" and "j." I feel this one is harder to explain to people who are not dyslexic, so to compensate I will tell a funny story. Recently, I looked back at my old (very old) school work from when I was around four years old. Upon reading through my work I said to my mum, "how the heck did they not pick this up?" (I was only diagnosed last year-I was 20) but even further, I found humour in the fact that my four-year-old self could spell "elephant" but not my own name.

3. How we pick up information.

Now this one is a tough one, as my short term memory is like a sieve. Many of us find verbal instructions are better, but for me, who is hard of hearing, I find it easier when instructions are written down in bullet points. *PRO TIP FOR MY DYSLEXICS - Ask your teacher/lecturer/boss to bullet point your task(s), it may help!

We cannot transfer the important information into our brain because our brain deems it unnecessary. It's the same with planning/organising - talk about information overload.

4. We are not dumb or lazy.

I heard this loads of times when I was at school. It was either, "she's not trying hard enough" or, "she's just lagging behind." Well, if my teachers had seen the signs maybe I wouldn't have struggled with feeling stupid. Our brains just work differently, that's all, we are all highly intelligent people who deserve the same chances that everyone else has. I recently tested my IQ, and even though I don't believe it measures intelligence I took it anyway - 180 was my result. Now, I believe everyone is intelligent in their own way. I'm a composer (a music writer of the classical kind) but believe mathematicians to be the most intelligent people, but many people say that of me. I don't have to know Shakespearian quotes to get where I want to be, nor do linguists need to know the basic fundamentals of harmony to get to where they want to be. They have their strengths, and so do we.

I wish I could write more on the subject but I cannot think of what else to write. I will hopefully be writing about my life as a dyspraxic too, as well as about my visual stress and severe anxiety disorders.

Peace out ✌️


Now Reading
Dyslexia - What You Don't Know
Read Next
The Secret City Manifesto