They will never truly understand us
The Scottish race driver and dyslexic Jackie Stewart once attended a dyslexic-researchers science convention and said: “They will never truly understand what it means to be dyslexic. It doesn`t matter how much experience you have in that field and it doesn`t matter whether your own children are dyslexic – you will never understand how it is to feel humbled throughout childhood, getting told you`ll come to nothing – over and over again.”
Jackie Stewart won the 27th F1-Grand-Prix, and his perception gives science a good, central idea, for he speaks from own experience.
All those researchers can scientifically go over us with a fine-tooth comb, however, not understand us, when it is not from own experience.
A good many of those affected here in Dresden, tell us similar stories and confirm what Stewart said. Nevertheless, how could a non-dyslexic be sympathetic about how it feels being perceived as “spaz” or “dork” by parents, friends or teachers. And about having much bother and struggle while schooldays and being embarrassed by being dyslexic due to the others lack of grasp and empathy.
The vast majority of people isn`t able to relate to the fact that dyslexics inherently think, learn and perceive differently. That is not to say they aren`t intelligent – they are, and have quite often particular competencies. In contrast to those who suffer from acquired weakness in spelling.
Looking at biographies of other dyslexic-affected people, for instance Jackie Stewart, Michael Jackson or Andy Warhol, you`ll see they all underwent similar issues. Steve Jobs, the late Apple`s inventor, as well made his way through such problems and became a successful businessman. And he is just one of numerous dyslexic-affected innovative businesspeople.
They all cut their own paths – although those were bumpy roads to success.
Übersetzung ins englische von Tabea Osswald