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Dyslexia is it a curse or a gift??

Assalamualaikum and a very good morning to all the judges and member of the floor. Today topic for
my public speaking is about dyslexia.

Ladies and gentlemen, do you know or do you have ever heard about dyslexia? Thomas Alva Edison,
and Albert Einstein is one of the famous people who we had known because of their contribution for
this world. Do you know about their history background? Both of them come from poor family and
they were categorized as slow learner by their own teacher. Actually both of them were a patient of
dyslexia. Dyslexia is mentioned by Dr Kussmaul (1878 cited in Selikowitz, 1998; Beaton, 2004)
mentioned the case of an intelligent man who had difficulties in learning to read. He called the
problem word blindness.

Member of the floor,

Word blindness is dyslexia whereby some person has the difficulties in reading and recognizing
alphabets. Dyslexia is mainly associated with language problems such as reading, writing and spelling
although people with dyslexia might also experience difficulties with vision, memory and/or
orientation. Most common people understand that people with the word blindness, is a slow learner
however, parent and teacher do not be worried with this problem. Your kids are not slow learner
and it is not a curse but it is a gift. Several studies have shown that dyslexia, when undiagnosed, can
cause a lot of frustration and anxiety in the individuals involved (Riddick, 1996; Edwards, 1994).
Dyslexia is a hidden disability (Riddick, 1996) as there are no obvious external signs for people to
recognise.

We need to understand dyslexia problem so then by understanding it we can manage to handle this
gifted child to be brilliant in the future. Although some dyslexics are seen to be clumsy and poorly
coordinated (dyspraxia) there is a notable tendency for others to achieve top-level skill in sports
requiring a combination of hand-eye coordination, predictive ability, and full-body reflex ability.
These lucky individuals seem to have an innate ability to perceive movement, space and time in a
manner that allows them to attain remarkable ability levels in their chosen field be it sport or
otherwise. People can get confused and assume different reasons for the childrens poor
performance in school.

Ladies and gentlemen,

That is why, when not diagnosed they are categorized like stupid, thick, and lazy are commonly
used to describe students with dyslexia as people, who are not aware about dyslexia, cannot find
any other explanation for them not doing well at school. Lack of assessment may result in low self-
esteem compared to non-dyslexic students (Miles, 1996; Humphrey, 2002) and lack of appropriate
help and support can have long-term effects for people with dyslexia when reaching adulthood
(Morgan and Klein, 2000).

Member of the floor,

Dyslexia is not a curse and it can be cured by understanding it well, dyslexia more as a gift rather
than a disability Some people see dyslexia as a positive entity in their lives as it has given them the
chance to understand concepts in a different way than non-dyslexic individuals do. Some dyslexia is
called as Hemispherists and they accept that people with dyslexia have both strengths and
weaknesses (Pollak, 2005). They believe dyslexia to be more of a difference rather than disability.
They believe that people with dyslexia are more creative than non-dyslexic people (Lana, Gloria and
Karen). As easy words to understand hemispherists is people who used left brain more than right
one.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Before I end up my speech, I would like to emphasize that dyslexia is not a curse it is a gift and I hope
that all of us will appreciate this gifted people and not put pressure on them by categorized them
using negative statement. That is all, I hope this will open up your mind toward dyslexia.