(Zac Brown Band)
Dyslexic strengths: –
- Communication. As a result of their own challenges, dyslexics understand that there are several ways to convey information, will realise they need to keep a message simple, and truly welcome and value the input of others.
- Problem-solving. This is what the dyslexic does all the time. They will try to find ways around problems: how to learn effectively, how to circumnavigate their weaknesses, how to play to their strengths. They are always thinking outside the box.
- Empathy. Dyslexics are sympathetic to the difficulties that others may experience. This makes them strong team players.
- A grasp of the overview. Dyslexics focus on the big picture, looking past the detail and targeting the important issues.
- A willingness to work. Dyslexics accept that hard work is a fact of life; appreciating the need for additional effort and the regular practice of anything that doesn’t come easily.
- Resilience. Unfortunately, embarrassment and disappointment are a fact of life for many dyslexics. Dreading their turn to read aloud in class, failing every German vocab test, performing badly in exams despite putting in maximum effort. The dyslexic knows from everyday experience that it is impossible to die from embarrassment.
- Patience. Dyslexics understand that nothing comes easily. They know that progress can be slow, and they will not expect instant success or reward.
- A diversity of interests. Dyslexics have to find alternative ways to gain self-respect; perhaps by joining a sport club, music group, creative arts, dance or drama clubs, church or charitable associations, in order to be appreciated.
- Creativity. As a result of their varied interests, alternative strengths, good visual and spatial skills, a dyslexic’s approach to challenges will be unusual and draw from a variety of ideas and sources.
- Social skills. Dyslexics are socially appealing, being more interesting than individuals with conventional habits and predictable thought processes.
Many prestigious employers, for example, the government intelligence agency, GCHQ, are beginning to recruit dyslexics because of the strengths described above. It seems ironic that one government department, (Education), fails to recognise the potential of dyslexics, and yet another government department, (Intelligence), is so desperate to employ them.