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Dyslexia and Creativity

People with Dyslexia often talk about whether it is a strength or a weakness, Personally, as a dyslexic, I believe it’s a strength but that is not always how the rest of society sees it. I am going to talk about how I feel dyslexia enables me to work better within a creative industry.

From day one at school, you’re boxed into ability’s and as soon as someone mentions the word dyslexia you’re treated as if you have a problem that needs fixing rather than the ability to see the world in a different way.

I was one of those put in a box and told you will suffer because your dyslexic – it took me a while to find my feet and my real skills, but when I did I realised it was all things creative where I was able to allow my mind to work within its own constraints rather than those of the regimented academic system.

Most dyslexic children in schools are given extra help and taught ways to compensate for their ‘problem’ and help them through it, especially with subjects that involved reading and writing. But what if you can’t just fix it? What if it’s not actually a problem to overcome?

We’re always told what is the right way to do it, often something that has been decided for you by a non-dyslexic brain. What if we allowed people to explore their uniqueness and allowed people to express there a way of thinking – as often people with dyslexia are very successful and many make great businesspeople allowing them to think outside the box.

Personally, my dyslexia helps me see the world in a different light, I can look at something and plan the entire concept in my mind, I can solve the problems in a visual way in my mind by seeing the concepts – I often struggle to explain the process and the idea but cant create a final concept with ease.

Also, I feel my dyslexia helps me focus on the creativity as I think about completing the same tasks but often in ways others find strange but the outcome is always the right one. Others get bogged down with the detail and the process rather than letting it flow and if it doesn’t work look at the problem and think about it again, don’t be afraid to fail.

Dyslexic brains process information in totally different ways to the non-dyslexic brain, I believe this is one of the things that can contribute to the creativity, as others often see it as scatty and unorganised when really it is very clear to the dyslexic. I believe the memory process is different – other things hold our concentration while simple things distract it.

I think using your dyslexia in a creative environment you have to not be afraid to see the world in a different way. Be able to use your unique approach to the world to ask different questions, solve problems in an unconventional manner, be allowed to be innovative in your ideas.

In an industry where you are expected to create just as easily and comprehensively as someone without dyslexia, you will find your pitfalls and boundaries but really it comes down to creativity and imagination – not how you use it.

If you are dyslexic I encourage you to not conform to trying to complete things the ‘right way’ but complete the same task with the imagination and creativity your brain allows you to.

It’s not the just about the final project but about the journey too.

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