Why would Dyslexia be related to Laziness, Stupidity or Mental Retardation? I thought it was just the inability to read letters and words from left to right.
Significant hereditary learning disability? I'm dyslexic and have a masters in Anthropology one in Linguistics a BA in Anthropology and one in Archaeology and have worked as a linguist for 10 years.
Neither proud nor ashamed, it just is, if properly treated most people can and do find coping mechanisms that allow them to succeed academically. It can be as easy as reading with blue tinted lenses in glasses or as difficult as several years of occupational therapy. I personally learned how to attack problems, texts, and math from an outside in perspective. Incorporate the whole to figure out the parts instead of infer the whole from the parts. The dyslexic array goes from simple letter transposition to dyscalculia (problems with numbers/addition/subtraction) to dysgraphia, (reading fine but writing transpositions) to dyspraxia (sequencing confusion) My little sister also has a BA in Archaeology and is highly dyspraxic. She will write a 20 page paper with entire paragraphs and sections in the wrong order, but read it back to herself and it seems fine.
It is possible that without them I'd be something doing else. It just so happens that the coping mechanisims I learned lean well toward social theory and linguistics. I did not learn about my dyslexia until I was 24 and in a language class that required me to learn a non-roman script. It seems that I had taught myself the coping mechanisms, but when I learned I added professional therapy to the mix and things got easier. I still add with my fingers and have quite a bit of discalculia. Maybe I would have gone a different direction. The point that was made (hopefully) is that it is not an insurrmountable stumbling block or a marker of stupidity/retardation.
But you would agree it is a retardation? Marked or not. Markered or not.
Aren't you proud you have learned to hear a new language?
proud you have learned to speak another one?
proud you can teach yours?
I find that after meeting many dyslexics that they do tend to outperform "normal" people given that they are properly motivated. Learning with dyslexia is often as simple as learning how to solve puzzles non-traditionally or some people call it lateral thinking. If a student figures this out either consciously or by acquisition they normally do very well. Many of the current dyslexic teaching techniques teach these skills through aqcusition, much like immersive language teaching skills.
I don't really understand the nature of asking such questions about a simple mental disfunct.
Maybe it's more relevant to ask, why are you asking such questions?
Just as maybe it is relevant to ask why you do not ask questions such as these?
(Feel free to not answer me on this one)
I will give full answer in PM, as it may contain things not in the interest of the public.