The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
What I Wish People Knew about Dyslexia
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  • Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in learning to read, despite good intelligence, strong motivation, and appropriate teaching.

  • Children who are dyslexic can also be highly intelligent and have bright futures. 

  • Some of our most accomplished thinkers—students, writers, doctors, journalists, architects, educators, policy makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, entertainers—are dyslexic.

  • Slow readers can be

  • Dyslexia and creativity are related.

  • Cutting-edge brain imaging demonstrates that dyslexic brains are wired differently, providing evidence for the need for accommodations.


  • Renowned heart surgeon and inventor Dr. Toby Cosgrove sees failure as the starting point for a process of learning and discovery.

  • CEO and financial whiz Charles Schwab credits dyslexia for the kind of visionary thinking that led to his own business success.

  • Novelist and Emmy Award-winning television writer Stephen J. Cannell when asked how someone who is dyslexic would choose writing as a career, responsed:  "We dyslexics are very good with abstract thought.  And that's the key in writing."

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein observed,
    "In some ways being dyslexic is a gift, because you think less linearly. And you have to know it's okay to think out of the box."
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