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Don't disparage the dyslexic

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Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

As the founder of a national mentoring organization for students with learning disabilities, I'm accustomed to misconceptions about dyslexia, which causes intelligent people to experience difficultly reading and writing. But it was startling to read the letter “The dyslexia of liberalism” (April 24, VND & Triblive.com) that lumped dyslexia with thought processes that are “backward,” “upside down” and with actions that are motivated “with little regard for facts, reality and common sense.”

The letter's author attempted to insultliberals, but the terms he used attacked the 10 percent to 17 percent of the American population who have dyslexia. I can assure you that dyslexia is bipartisan, affecting those on the left and the right equally.

People with dyslexia have challenges decoding words, but with the right educational support go on to achieve greatness – investment mogul Charles Schwab or Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg are two.

Yet under the best circumstances, students with dyslexia are more likely to be bullied, stigmatized and suffer with a poor self-image. They certainly should not be disparaged on the editorial page of their local newspaper.

David Flink

New York City

David Flink is CEO of Eye to Eye.

 

 
 


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