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Dyslexics are usually very intelligent / Dyslexia is a sign of low IQ

Dyslexia affects a cross section of people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, intellectual level etc.  It is not an indication of low or high intelligence.

 

 

People can grow out of dyslexia or be cured.

Dyslexia is not an illness, so it cannot be cured.  Dyslexia does not go away but the right support can help to alleviate its symptoms.

 

 

There are more male than female dyslexics.

4:1 males, now thought to be 50/50%

 

A person can’t be dyslexic if they read.

Not true.  Many dyslexic people enjoy reading.

 

Dyslexics are usually left handed.

No, although many dyslexics have a cross-laterality issue, which can cause problems.

 

If you’ve been to university, you can’t be dyslexic.

The number of university students with dyslexia has grown year on year.  There is DSA support available which makes a big difference.  It is not unusual for dyslexia to be identified for the first time at university.

 

 

In summary:

Dyslexia is a genetic, neurological learning difference that affects around 10-15% of the population.

 

  • 4% will have severe difficulties
  • It occurs regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or level of intelligence