Dyslexia As A Disability

Dyslexia As A Disability?

If I’m dyslexic, am I disabled or is the system disabled? I’ve been pondering this question recently.

In the UK, and in a lot of different countries worldwide, if you’re dyslexic then you are given the category of ‘disabled.’

When I went to University ten years ago for the second time I was assessed for dyslexia and was diagnosed as being significantly dyslexic. The assessor said that I now had the rights of a disabled person. This felt really strange to me because I was as intelligent as the people around me but because I had the ‘label’ of dyslexia I now had a disability.

Personal View

Personally, I don’t see my dyslexia as a disability. I think of myself as differently abled and I’m wondering if it’s okay to label people as disabled if they have dyslexia.

My answer at the moment is yes, it is okay to label dyslexics as disabled but that’s because it’s the school system that is disabled. On the whole, it doesn’t have the ability to help the 1 in 10 people who think differently with their different ability.

Education system's disability

It helps me to flip the situation and to say, yes there is a disability but that disability is not mine but the educations system’s disability to deliver what it wants me to have.

For a person in a wheelchair the school has a responsibility to make sure there is a ramp to accommodate their different ability. With dyslexia that different ability is more hidden but it still needs to be accommodated.

dyslexia and mindmapping

What is the ‘ramp’ that dyslexics need to fully access school and their education?

My field of expertise is in mindmapping and not dyslexia. I know that dyslexia experts are asking this sort of question right now.

I know what it’s like to live with dyslexia though, and I’ve unconsciously spent the last 25-30 years finding workarounds for my dyslexia. Mindmapping has been one of the main ones for me.

Dyslexics really need these workarounds, or adjustments, to their learning styles and opportunities. When these adjustments are made then you can get into school, understand the ideas and concepts, get into your books and get into expressing the incredible ideas that are in your mind.

Related Articles:

dyslexia explored podcast

Dyslexia Explored This podcast will interview people with a dyslexia story from all stages and walks of life. The goal is to encourage parents of teenage dyslexics through the High School years. Darius interviews people who have a Dyslexia story. They may be describing their child’s story or their own. With particular focus on how

Read More »

Pete Buchan #39

A Multi-awarded Dentist who was reluctant to take the dyslexia assessment test shares his pre and post-test experience. Dyslexia Explored #39 Facebook Youtube Instagram Pete the dentist Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from iTunes. Don’t forget to leave reviews while your

Read More »

Caron Trout #38

How parents new to dyslexia deal with information overwhelm and the shock of discovering under resourced teachers Dyslexia Explored #38 Facebook Youtube Instagram Caron trout Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from iTunes. Don’t forget to leave reviews while your at it.

Read More »
Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.