Today I am pulling back the curtain of my missed dyslexia and how it has affected me later In life. We are talking about the signs that were missed in primary school and how they affected me well into adulthood. I also share some strengths I have being a person with dyslexia.
I found out I was dyslexic pretty late in life. I went through primary and secondary school without my dyslexia being noticed by any of my teachers. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “surely they would have noticed” – no absolutely not. Now that I am an adult looking back I can clearly see the signs I was showing of my Dyslexia, and I truly wonder why my teachers or parents were unable to identify it. Some of the struggles I faced in school, from missed dyslexia that should have prompted further investigation of my dyslexia were..
In high school, of course, my Dyslexia continued, however, because I had no idea I was dyslexic at this point, I just thought I was dumb and I stopped caring. This is why it is so important for different learning abilities to be identified at a young age. If I was able to identify my Dyslexia and use tools that benefited my learning style I do not think I would have had such educational insecurity.
I thought once I finished school, my struggles would disappear. Because at this point I thought my struggle was purely academic. However, my struggles, came right back the second I entered the workforce.
So when I was 19 worked for a small Auto Glass company, It was my job to file customers insurance claims and when I did so, I needed to gather their VIN number to their Vehicles. NOWWW if you have ever seen a VIN number, they are essentially a dyslexic nightmare. it is 17 characters of a dyslexic’s own personal hell.
No matter how many times I double and TRIPLE checked those VIN numbers, so many were often wrong. I was gathering 10+ VIN numbers a day! My boss comes up to my desk and goes “Are you dyslexic?” Yes, I guess I am
After that, I started really researching Dyslexia and suddenly the struggles I had been facing my entire life made sense. I did multiple tests to confirm my Dyslexia as well.
Creativity is an incredible benefit of Dyslexia. I have always excelled at art in school and of course, I have taken advantage of my creativity in my career as a web designer. I am also incredibly organized. Those with dyslexia tend to be either incredibly organized or incredibly unorganized and I feel very fortunate to be someone with an organizational eye. Check out one of my organizational processes here
You can find success with dyslexia. The key is to identify it and utilize tools that work for you. Walt Disney and Albert Einstein are just two successful individuals with dyslexia. If any of this sounds relatable to you, I urge you to take a deeper look into dyslexia. Below are resources that I have personally benefited from.