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Critically Speaking

Sep 1, 2021

With up to 1 in 5 people having dyslexia, dyslexia impacts people every single day. In this episode, Therese Markow and Lorraine Hightower discuss what distinguishes dyslexia from other learning disabilities, how to identify and diagnose dyslexia, as well as the impact that dyslexia has on not only individuals, but also society as a whole. As a dyslexia advocate, Lorraine Hightower has spearheaded movements to identify kids with dyslexia early, to advocate for them within the educational system, and help parents of dyslexic kids navigate their journey. This ultimately allows for kids to reach their full potential and avoid unfortunate outcomes as they become adults.


Key Takeaways:

  • Dyslexia is neuro-biological and is genetic in origin. It can often be identified even before kindergarten, though is more often identified in early elementary. 
  • Dyslexia impacts different individuals in different ways and the severity can vary wildly.
  • When given appropriate interventions or taught reading differently, the outcomes can be very positive for students with dyslexia.


"When these children are not taught how to read in our public school systems, the consequences extend well beyond this one individual and it does become a societal problem as well." —  Lorraine Hightower


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