Dyslexia sometimes co-occurs with ASD and ADHD and is considered part of the neurodiversity spectrum. All those I know who have dyslexia are wonderful people and often have other gifts instead. Jay Leno is dyslexic, for example. And in a TV-interview with the real Erin Brockovich, she said that her Dyslexia was part of what enabled her to memorize numbers and facts in such an amazing way and spot patterns in huge amounts of text.

“In hindsight, Dyslexia is my greatest gift. It taught me how to work and think outside the box.”

Erin Brockovich, famous dyslexic

“I do have other useful skills that i probably would not have if i was not an illiterate aspie. I am referring to my skills and ability in electronic engineering. Even though i could burly read or write when i left hi school i did have well above average results in all the non word intensive subjects (physics, maths, tech drawing)  which managed to get me an apprentice at British Aerospace in 1983.

“My unlimited enthusiasm (obsession) earned me the position as the most successful apprentice ever and i am the only apprentice ever to be offered a permanent position in one of the most technical departments in the organization (machine tool electronic maintenance) from just hearing of my reputation only.

“Shortly after i joined the department i picked up a large circuit board that looked technically interesting, tested it just for my curiosity to see how it works and in doing so found a fault which i repaired.  I was informed that the reason it was left on the bench was because all the other engineers had tried and given up in repairing it.

“From then on all the interesting faults came my way which i succeeded with nearly all them.  That department was heaven when you have an obsession in finding out how electronic systems work.”

– John, dyslexic Aspie from UK

Sometimes the combination of AS & Dyslexia + living in a country where English is the primary language, can make things extra difficult since Aspies want things to be logical & consistent. The English language contains so many irregularities when it comes to spelling, grammar and pronouncing (depending on which language the word was originally imported from) that it can be very confusing, especially if you don’t know the history of each word.

“Another difficulty of my primary school is where dyslexia and Asperger meet such as the stupid way many words are spelt.

“Words such as ‘one’ (1), i all ways spelled it as ‘won’. No mater how many times the teacher would loose her temper or remind me how useless and hopeless i am, could get me to under stand why this word is spelt wrong. I spent many hours worrying why i was the only person who could not see how to get ‘o’ to sound like ‘w’.

“The meaning of the word gullible springs to mind, was i the only person who is not gullible, or perhaps the teacher is wrong, or may be an alien was causing people to do strange things like what happened on star trek.

“I have got it, it was a printing error when the dictionaries was made, or what if it not that, maybe the teacher is right and that i am as stupid and thick like the teacher says i am, my mum says that i am a retard.”

– John, dyslexic Aspie from UK


Symptoms and Diagnosis of Dyslexia from Dyslexia, the Gift site for dyslexics

Dyslexia test for adults including list of some famous dyslexics

My world is not your world by Alison. An inside perspective on Dyslexia & AS


The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read… and How They Can Learn

The Human Side of Dyslexia: 142 Interviews with Real People Telling Real Stories About Their Coping Strategies with Dyslexia – Kindergarten through College

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

A Workbook for Dyslexics

How To Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia: A Parent and Teacher Guide to Helping Students of All Ages Academically, Socially, and Emotionally (J-B Ed: Reach and Teach)


1 Comment »

  1. Tony Eller said,

    I am severely dyslexia I struggled most my life trying to hide the fact that I was dyslexic.I then realized if I was going to have any success I had to confront my gift. I have found that life is not is just about success…… it is also the value of our lives we should leave to help others. I created a web-site http://MyToolBoxToSuccess.com to help others know there are tools available to find your gift. I have dedicated this site to every child that was ever told they were slow or worst yet were told they were just plain stupid! I want a place where a child or adult much like myself can come for answers and no lectures and feel comfortable to share any concerns in their lives with someone that truly understands I hope as the website grows others with dyslexia will volunteer to help as well.I promise you dyslexia can be a gift,but there is work involved!

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