Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder, behind essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, and is currently estimated to affect the lives at least 250,000 adults and children in North America, alone.
By Megan Baksh
NPR is no stranger to the reading disorder. Their very own Senior Action Designer, Veronica Erb recently opened up about the empowerment she has felt through dyslexia. She in fact attributes her enhanced work performance in conducting research with NPR to her dyslexia, stating “because I am dyslexic, I combine old ideas in new ways.”
NPR’s new series, titled Unlocking Dyslexia, kicked off today, Monday, November 28.
Unlocking Dyslexia will include a 5-part radio and blog post series that will take course over the span of two weeks. The highly anticipated series spotlights some of the varying issues as well as the different components that encompass dyslexia.
The first post focuses on what it truly feels like to endure dyslexia on a day-to-day basis from an insider’s point of view. It gives readers a raw look at the challenges that dyslexics face, but it also sends an authentic message of hope and courage for those who cope with the disorder. In this short selection, a man describes how being dyslexic can feel:
Consuming. Exhausting. There’s an emotional dimension, too. Gohrband recalls that when he was a child he would fantasize about not “being broken.” He would avoid telling people about it: “If they know that you’re dyslexic, they’ll think you’re dumb.”
Yet, he says, there came a turning point when the shame faded. For him, it was when he found videography. There he discovered a “language” that came easily, and suddenly his talents were visible to others.
We at Different Brains applaud what NPR is doing to raise awareness about not only dyslexia, but the amazing things people with it are capable of!
Megan Baksh received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Nova Southeastern University in May of 2016, and is currently pursuing an education in the field of psychology.