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A learning disability or processing disorder which causes a person to not be able to recognize words that are misspelled as easily as a person who does not have it. Also people with dyslexia commonly have difficulty reading changing words around and adding them in where they aren’t. People with dyslexia are by no means stupid, in fact sometimes they are much smarter or more creative since a different part of their brain is more developed than the part that deals with language. People recently have started using dyslexia as an insult or otherwise just to justify things they've done backwards or words they’ve misspelled, but it is an actual disorder that many people have.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade when my teachers noticed my odd reading habits and inability to recognize the difference between the letters b and d when I spelled things.

We knew to test my brother for dyslexia in pre-k when he spelled his name completely backwards, nhoj, on a homework assignment.
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A simple definition of dyslexic is a person who would be considered slow, but slow doesn't mean stupid or ignorant. Dyslexia simply recognizes that the processing speed of the brain is not the same as the brain's ability to comprehend information. An "intelligence quotient" is an average of the overall function of the brain, so while some areas of the dyslexic brain are weak--the overall function of the same brain can still be equal to or greater than gifted. Often times, people think that dyslexia is a lame excuse to explain problems that everyone else supposedly has and because of that, can be wrongly seen as a victim mentality rather than the acceptance of obstacles to overcome. Common signs of a dyslexic person are slow reading, messy handwriting, stammering, and difficulty taking verbal instructions. As a result, dyslexics can be easily frustrated by criticism and seen as having a short-fuse, which is why many dyslexics learn to take the initiative, self-educate, deconstruct the norms, and figure things out on their own but doing so can still be isolating because the dyslexic has to break away from group-think and the way everyone else is doing things. Dyslexia is not the same as attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder because dyslexia is not about hyperactive or obsessive behavior--it's about processing speed. In some ways, dyslexic is an oxymoron for, "backwards genius."
You can't self-diagnose dyslexia or self-identify as dyslexic because scans can be done of the brain to show which parts of the brain are weak and which parts are strong. Some examples of being known to be dyslexic are Jennifer Aniston and Jay Leno.
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Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects language. There are many different kinds of dyslexia: visual dyslexics have difficulty reading words or writing letters the correct way round (they may mistake 'b' for 'd', for example) whereas people with auditory dyslexia have trouble processing sounds and getting phonemes in the correct sequence when they try to write things down. Other difficulties associated with dyslexia include short-term memory problems, a weak attention span, and poor organisational skills.

Dyslexia is not a synonym for stupidity, as most dyslexics have high IQ scores. It is also not a made-up 'excuse', as MRI scans of dyslexic people have found that their brains are shaped differently to those of most people, with the language area in the right hemisphere being the same size as the language area in the left. (In people without dyslexia, the left language processing area is much larger than the one in the right hemisphere.)

Dyslexic people are often particularly gifted in art, music, sport, drama, or anything involving visual creativity. Some are also talented authors - the awardwinning poet Benjamin Zephaniah is dyslexic.
Examples of famous dyslexic people include Steve Redgrave, the Olympic athlete; Whoopi Goldberg, the Oscar-winning actress; and Albert Einstein, the genius who developed the Theory of Relativity. (People who say that 'dyslexia = stupid' are usually completely unaware that Einstein had the condition.)
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If you can spell it, your not
Doctor: Please spell Dyslexic
Man: Huh?
Doctor: That'll be a yes then...
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Mental condition,

- Short term memory bad
- Handwriting bad
- Spelling bad
- Occasionaly words will become jumbled when read

Never heard of anything being read backwards :|
Im sweating as much as a dyslexic on countdown - offensive grr lol
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