As a child I was diagnosed with Dyslexia, which is a form of learning difference, with special difficulty in reading, writting and arithmetics. It sounds very scary when you read about it in formal language, even I get scared! To put it more informally Dyslexia is just a different way of thinking, learning and perceiving concepts. That is why Dyslexic people have, most of the time, trouble when taught in a system designed for non-dyslexic individuals. The difficulty increases when people around you cannot understand and accept this difference.
I have been called many names: lazy, stupid, indifferent etc. when in reality I was working double as much as the average kid since I had to learn how to learn in addition to my curriculum.
I was lucky enough though to have understanding parents that comforted me when I scored low in a physics exam because I had read the voltmeter from right to left instead of left to right or when I blacked-out and forgot everything I had been studying in the past week for my History test. They stood up to teachers that said that I was all the forementioned names. In general, they were on MY SIDE. With their support and the help of a specialist, I managed to become one of the three top students in my year.
So what if I learned the multiplication table when i turned 16? So what if I my spelling can still send people to the hospital? that is why we have spellcheckers! So what if I need two weeks to learn my Dressage Routine? Nothing! (Although confusing right and left in Dressage can be a little problematic….)
Graduating with a distinction from DEREE College while being a competitive dressage athlete with multiple national and international achievements is testament to the fact that with hard work and dedication, anything can be achieved.
Anyone can do ANYTHING as long as he/she wants it strong enough. Even if you have dyslexia
Truly yours, Kelly