Overcoming the Shame of My Learning Disability

“How do you not to feel stupid when everyone else is learning something that you can’t grasp at the same pace? The shame of not being able to read out loud without stuttering or misspelling something on the blackboard in front of the class was almost unbearable. The fear of being called on by the teacher was paralyzing and made me act out and have panic attacks. My math teacher berated me because she thought I was being careless when I accidentally reversed numbers. I spent countless hours with frustrated but well-meaning adults who wanted to help me but just thought I wasn’t trying hard enough. All of these experiences sent me the message that I was not good enough.”

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A Typeface For Dyslexics? Don’t Buy Into The Hype

“So while their hearts might be in the right place, Dyslexie, and typefaces like it, haven’t really been shown to work in the real world. Is there anything that can be done through type to make reading easier for dyslexics? Yes. Studies have shown that dyslexics read up to 27% faster when text lines are very short, up to 18 characters per line, compared to the 60-65 characters of standard text. Putting as much space as possible between letters helps dyslexics too. But a magic font that makes dyslexia go away? It doesn’t exist. It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t work. Don’t buy into the hype.”

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