Richard Branson Dyslexic AdvantageThere’s an idiom “the elephant in the room” that means “an important and obvious topic, which everyone present is aware of, but which isn’t discussed, as such discussion is considered to be uncomfortable,” and that seems particularly apt about the topic of being dyslexic.

We know by intensive research studies (testing every child in a school district, for instance) that as many as 1 in 6 people are likely to be dyslexic. But the numbers who identify are far fewer. In higher education, where the need of identification is great, for every 1 student who identifies and request accommodations, there are 3 students who should and do not. And even if a student discloses to a college disability counselor, how many share this part of themselves with a friend or roommate or loved one? 

The situation is made all the worse by the ignorance and misinformation that abounds about being dyslexic. But what a different world it would be to grow up knowing whole groups of friends, relatives, and co-workers who traveled the same road as you. Classrooms and workplaces would be more transparent and more individuals and institutions would work harder toward making programs and environments that were suited to you and your friends.

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