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Lindsey Macdonald

Lindsey Macdonald
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What is dyslexia?


Dyslexia is a learning difficulty recognised under the Equalities Scotland Act 2010. It is hereditary.

The dyslexic brain is wired differently to the non-dyslexic brain resulting in some big positives as well as some big challenges:


 Advantages Disadvantages
Highly intelligent and articulate
Difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols
Excellent long term recallPoor short term memory
Creative, 3D thinker: thinks in images Confuses left and right
Thrives in careers where visual-spatial, hands-on skills can be realised: engineers, entrepreneurs, actors, musicians, athletes, police, army, sales and farming Hides difficulties from co-workers, friends and even family; often employed in job that will hide difficulties
Excels at problem-solvingBecomes frustrated with long forms or sequential processes
Strong sense of justiceSymptoms increase dramatically with stress
Ability to think outside the boxRequires vastly more concentration to read and interpret words than non-dyslexics



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