Statistics and Facts About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is inherited, but not a “given.” Therefore, one sibling may be dyslexic while others are not.

The major defining characteristic of dyslexia is breaking the code of the sound symbol relationship, or understanding the alphabetic principal of the English language.

Dyslexia is rooted in neurological pathways.

Since dyslexics lack phonemic awareness, they must be taught to read and write through a multi-sensory, phonics based approach, such as Orton-Gillingham. <link to OG Academy homepage>

Most dyslexics go undiagnosed, some for their entire lives. Having an evaluation while your child is in school can uncover the source of the struggle and help explain why school has been challenging.

Many educators will refer to “remediation” as the “treatment” for dyslexia. You are never “cured” of dyslexia, but the right educational approach can help your child learn the elements of spoken and written language in the way their brain can acquire language skills.

Up to 1 in 5 students are affected in a classroom.

Boys and girls are affected equally.

Dyslexics are multi-dimensional, out-of-the-box thinkers who are highly creative and successful in many areas including the arts, music, finance, mathematics, design and engineering.

Dyslexia is genetic in origin and Functional MRI technology has revealed the areas of the brain that are affected. <Link to Science of Dyslexia>

Bennett Shaywitz, of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, claims 90% of all learning disabilities are rooted in dyslexia.

Famous People with Dyslexia

People with dyslexia often exhibit exceptional creative and entrepreneurial skills.

*Note should be made that historical figures are given retro-active dyslexia based on writings and signs they exhibited in their work.  No formal diagnosis was given.

Alexander Graham Bell inventor

Alexander Graham Bell

Inventor
Whoopi Goldberg comedian and actress

Whoopee Goldberg

Actor
Tom Cruise actor

Tom
Cruise

Actor
Steven Spielberg film director

Steven Spielberg

Director
Steve Jobs co founder of Apple Co.

Steve
Jobs

Apple Founder and CEO
Richard Branson entrepreneur

Richard Branson

Entrepreneur
Pablo Picasso artist

Pablo Picasso

Artist
Orlando Bloom actor

Orlando Bloom

Actor
Nikola Tesla inventor

Nicola
Tesla

Scientist and Inventor
Lewis Caroll author

Lewis
Carroll

Author
Leonardo da Vinci inventor and artist

Leonardo daVinci

Inventor and Artist
John Irving novelist e1476231279957

John
Irving

Author
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Jamie
Oliver

Celebrity Chef
Jay Leno talk show host and comedian

Jay
Leno

Comedian and Talk Show Host
Henry Winkler actor and dyslexia spokesman

Henry
Winkler

Actor
Galileo Galilei scientist

Galileo
Galilei

Scientist
David Rockefeller businessman and philanthropist

David
Rockefellar

Businessman and Philanthropist
Charles Schwab founder of U.S. broker firm

Charles
Schwab

Brokerage Firm Founder