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Understanding Dyslexic Employees

February 16, 2000
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As you know, all companies regardless of their business rely on a body of employees that are diverse in mind and thought. As we progress into the next century, it is of the utmost importance that companies seek out and employ certain types of individuals perhaps neglected in the hiring processes of the past.

We also know that there are already thousands of dyslexics (learning disabled, or LD) working who have never been identified and could use some help to reach their full potential.

Here are some basic abilities that all dyslexics share, as quoted from the book "The Gift of Dyslexia" by Ronald D. Davis:

1. They can utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions.

2. They are highly aware of the environment.

3. They are more curious than average.

4. They think mainly in pictures instead of words.

5. They are highly intuitive and insightful.

6. They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all senses).

7. They can experience thoughts as reality.

8. They have vivid imaginations.

These eight basic abilities, if not suppressed, invalidated or destroyed, will result in two characteristics: higher-than-normal intelligence, and extraordinary creative abilities.

SOURCE: Special Needs. E-mail: lisa@special-needs.org, Fax: 603/737-3904.

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