Dyslecsia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difference. Essentially it is a ‘wiring difference’ within the brain affecting approximately 10% of the population, with 4% being quite severely disadvantaged by it. The condition may occur together with a range of other learning differences, the origins of which all seem to lie in the cerebellum.

What is Dyslexia Ven Diagram

Dyslexia wasn’t as important 150 years or so ago when there wasn’t universal education. For example – how many of the kings and queens could read and write? They probably paid someone to do it for them! However the condition is of greater significance in the world we live in today where so much of everyday life is dependent upon being able to read.

Many analogies can be drawn between dyslexia and left handedness:

  • left-handedness is for life just as dyslexia is for life
  • left-handedness occurs across the ability range just as dyslexia occurs across the ability range
  • left-handers have to find strategies in a right-handed world just as dyslexics have to find strategies to get by in a non-dyslexic world.

The characteristics of dyslexia include problems with some or all of the following:

  • organisation
  • memory (short term/working)
  • time (organising/understanding how long something takes)
  • direction
  • sequencing.

The ability to function well at the above tasks can have an impact on self-esteem.

There are advantages to being dyslexic. These include:

  • being good at ideas and innovative thinking
  • being a good problem solver and lateral thinker
  • thinking creatively in making links and connections
  • having excellent visual and spatial awareness
  • being good at practical and creative tasks
  • being strong in the areas of art, music, design, architecture and engineering
  • being a good communicator.

Many entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Some famous dyslexics include Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Richard Branson, Thomas Eddison, Zoe Wannamaker and Susan Hampshire.