As you might have seen in the news, it’s Dyslexia Awareness Week this week.
Over 6 million people in the UK have dyslexia – that’s approximately one in ten of us. Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, W.B. Yeats – some of the greatest minds in the world have been dyslexics.
Known as a ‘hidden disability’, dyslexics commonly have problems with spelling, reading, writing or math, but it can affect people in many different ways. Some people find that they have strengths in other areas, including problem solving, intuition and creativity.
Indeed, just last week, there was an extremely interesting show on BBC Radio 4, ‘The Art of Walking into Doors’, which explored the relationship between dyslexia and the ability to draw.
Like other dyslexics, Ronald Davis had unusual gifts of creativity and imagination, but couldn’t function properly at school. It wasn’t until he was an adult that he discovered techniques that allowed him to read easily.
The Gift of Dyslexia is written from Ron’s personal experience, and offers unique insights into the learning problems and stigmas faced by those with the condition. One of the best-selling education books in the world, it provides practical skills that allow students of all ages to express their innate gifts and succeed in their lives.
“At last! A book about dyslexic thinking by one who is dyslexic, and for fellow dyslexic people… I would recommend this book to any dyslexic and non-dyslexic person. It is a dyslexic-friendly book.” – Dyslexia Contact
Seeing as it’s also National Poetry Week, do take a look at these brilliant ‘Dyslexia Poems’ on The Guardian Children’s Books Blog.
The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis is available in paperback (ISBN: 978-0285638730) and eBook (ISBN: 978-0285639577) £14.99.
Other relevant reading:
How to Succeed with Specific Learning Difficulties at College and University: A Guide for Students, Educators and Parents by Professor Amanda Kirby in paperback (ISBN: 978-0285642430) and eBook (ISBN: 978-0285642416) £10.
How to Succeed in Employment with Specific Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Employees and Employers by Professor Amanda Kirby in paperback (ISBN: 978-0285642461) and eBook (ISBN: 978-0285642454) £12.