Although there is not a universally accepted definition of dyslexia, in 2009, Sir Jim Rose’s Report described it thus:
- Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
- Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
- Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
- It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points.
- Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.
- A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention.
At MDAC, rather than simply viewing dyslexia as a disadvantage, we promote the many strengths that often characterise a dyslexic profile, such as creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills, not to mention entrepreneurial flair!