Lysdexia or Dyslexia?

How hard would life be if every word had letters that looked foreign? That isn’t even half the struggle that dyslexics go through everyday when they are confronted with the seemingly monumental task of reading.

Kids go through their lives thinking they are dumb and are on average already two years behind understanding the regular curriculum, when their struggle is finally noticed in third grade. Its a struggle they can’t ignore because every aspect of schooling is reading. Without being able to read, there is no way they can learn. Right?

Actually, dyslexics are usually the brightest students who have managed to find ways around their disadvantage and thrive. It’s not impossible for them to read, it just takes more work and dedication.

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Photos by Raeden Shanks

In Durango High School, there are many people who face the struggles of dyslexia each day of their lives, and have found ways to cope.

AP U.S. History teacher, Robert Logan, has dyslexia and said, “I graduated with a 2.66 GPA without ever taking a book home; the only reason I stayed in school was because of music. It wasn’t until college that I started to love learning.”

Not only do teachers have to cope with dyslexia, students are going through the frustration of each day, having to try harder than others in reading.

Sr. Patrick Cunnion said, “I got really frustrated but I realized that I didn’t want to be stupid, and the only way I could do that was to learn how to read, so I had to work on it.”

Dyslexia doesn’t ever just go away, but there are ways to combat it and learn how to deal with it.

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Author: Sydney Mattox

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