The following post, which I wrote for the Being Dyslexic Forum on 24th December 2005, expressed my views at the time regarding whether it is possible to cure dyslexia. Five years on and having read hundreds of research papers, my view remains the same – this being, in a nutshell, that dyslexia is not something that exists within the individual as an innate characteristic, e.g. like short-sightedness, epilepsy or deafness, but rather that dyslexia exists as a psychological condition. I’ll be sharing my views on dyslexia and all that I have learnt from the past 10 years of PhD research on dyslexia as soon as I have finished writing up my thesis. So in the meantime here is the post I mentioned – it would be great to hear your views about this post – you can leave a comment underneath or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Share this story on FacebookShare
I often get asked if it is possible to cure dyslexia to which I generally reply “No”. I reply “No” not because a cure for dyslexia doesn’t exist […], but simply because such a question implies that ‘dyslexia’ stems from some form of ‘deficit’, ‘abnormality’, or some other form of ‘less than normal state of functioning’ that exists within the individual. Put in another way, such a question implies that the existence of ‘dyslexia’ is not a ‘normal’ aspect of what it is to be ‘human’. Such a question assumes a ‘norm’; a ‘norm’ that the individual would be brought back to if they were ‘cured’ of their ‘dyslexia’. So, by me answering “No”, is in my opinion, the correct answer to give, even though [as implied], I believe there to be a ‘cure’ for dyslexia.
[…] what a paradox I have created! How can I, with one breath, say that there is no cure for dyslexia and yet with another, say that there is?
To answer this we need only step into the abstract realm of our dyslexic consciousness and whilst there, in this magical, mysterious space, partially step out (as best we can) from what we have grow to know as our ‘dyslexic self’. In this ‘in between’ state of consciousness, if the balance is just right, we can simultaneously be and not be our ‘dyslexic self’. We become, so to speak, both dyslexic and non-dyslexic within the same moment of time. It is here, that we can rise above the ‘reality’ we ‘exist’ within and look down at ourselves with our new found ‘in between eyes’ and see, maybe for the first time, the ‘true’ person that we have become. We might see, whilst holding this state, how the ‘reality’ to which we were born has imposed its ‘norms’ upon us, how it has shaped our identities using false ‘hand me down’ beliefs, views and values. On seeing this we can, if we choose, begin to recreate our very existence as neither dyslexic [nor] non-dyslexic. And, in so doing we precipitate our own ‘cure’; we liberate our thoughts and begin to recreate a new ‘self’ that becomes free with our current, actual ‘reality’.
Dyslexia Coach and Co-founder of Dyslexic Brian