In this episode of the weekly Gaucho, I talk about dyslexia. I, myself, have dyslexia and speareding dyslexia awareness has been something I have become very passionate about. I used to want to hide my dyslexia because I felt ashamed of it; I was labeled as incapable or stupid and it affected my self-esteem. Now I am using my knowledge and experiences to help spread awareness and to make a safe space for others. In the podcast, I identify the early signs of dyslexia and the major struggles dyslexic people face, in hopes of bringing this hidden disability to light. 

Despite the fact that one in five people are dyslexic, most people are not aware of what dyslexia is. Mention the word “dyslexia” to someone and they typically will say it’s when a person sees letters backwards; that is not the case. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language”. Additionally, dyslexic people commonly have difficulty with directions, patterns, and  numbers. The goal of this podcast is to raise awareness among parents and educators so that dylexic kids can get the help they need. With early intervention and remediation, dyslexic children can learn decoding strategies that can help them function in and out of the classroom. 

For individuals with learning disabilities, Glendale Community College’s Disability Resource Services (DRS) provides resources that can truly help to make school manageable. Prior to coming to GCC, I never felt like I got much help in school. I was worried about whether I would be able to keep up with a college workload but the DRS was able to get me accommodations like audiobooks, copies of class notes, and extra time on tests. These things have helped me to be successful in my classes despite my dyslexia. I don’t think a lot of people know about the DRS so I wanted to acknowledge the impact it’s had in making my GCC experience a positive one. I hope this encourages others to make use of the DRS and I hope you have learned a little bit more about dyslexia.