for dyslexics, by dyslexics


Strengths and Gifts

  • Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. They are deliberately sought after because they have superb problem solving skills and excellent 3D and spatial awareness.
  • More than just a reading difficulty, it is a way of thinking and of being.
  • Top-down rather than bottom-up thinkers.
  • "Forced to see the forest because they can't see the trees"
  • Learn best through meaning.
  • Creativity
  • Superior Reasoning
  • Visual, spatial and lateral thinking
  • Alter and create perceptions
  • Highly aware of the environment
  • Highly curious
  • Great intuition and insightful
  • Think and perceive multi-dimensionally
  • Lively imagination
  • Experience thought as reality
  • Easy adoption of change
  • Holistic
  • See patterns, connections and similarities
  • Concentration
  • Driven, ambitious, and persistent
  • Capable of seeing things differently than others
  • Simultaneous multiple thought processing
  • Excellent comprehension
  • Compensation
  • Mechanics, art, athletics, technology, science

2-D Learners
  • Have talent for language
  • Good at sequence and time and events
  • Memory for abstract symbols--letters stand for something
  • Some have photographic memory for words and letters--need to see 15-50 times to remember it

3-D Learners
  • Have a talent to make, do, draw, build
  • Often intuitive, creative, and good imagination
  • May take up to 1500 repetitions of seeing a word or letter to remember it
  • Usually literal minded, concrete thinkers
  • Do not do well with idioms
  • Often seen as lazy and immature