Welcome to the Dyslexia Homepage


The act of writing a sentence Welcome to the Dyslexia Homepage. Dyslexia is a disorder that affects millions of people all over the world. It is one type of specific learning disability (SLD) that affects reading. SLDs can affect people as verbal and nonverbal deficits in all cultures, as seen in current SLD research on Japanese symbols.

Although people can learn to compensate for their SLD, it is a permanent disorder that affects the way a person understands, processes, "takes in," retains, recalls, and/or expresses information. SLDs affect esteem, education, vocation, socialization, and daily life through problems in listening, reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, problem solving, organization, and time management through verbal and nonverbal perceptions.

A person with a SLD learns at their own level and pace, while excelling in at least one area. Frequently, they will be inconsistent in their daily tasks and abilities, such as spelling a word one day and not the next day. Some of their experiences are difficulties with concentration, perception, memory, verbal skills (oral and/or textual), abstract reasoning, hand-eye coordination, social adjustment, low grades, underachievement, and expression. Often, people with SLDs have been considered lazy, rebellious, class clowns, unmotivated, misfits, or of low intelligence. These misconceptions, without understanding the SLD's effect on the person's life, lead to rejection, isolation, feelings of inferiority, discouragement, and low self-esteem.

Dyslexia is a general term for SLD reading disorders. Other general SLD terms are dysgraphia (writing disorder) and dyscalcula (mathematics disorder). For simplicity's sake, we will focus on dyslexia in this website.

There are a variety of aspects to dyslexia, some of which are featured on this Web Site at the menu bar on the left.

This site was designed as a project for the Behavioral Neuroscience class at Macalester College, taught by Professor Wiertelak.

Throughout this website you will find random words that are highlighted. Click on them and you will be whisked away to a magical glossary page with many definitions. Click here to go straight to the vocab page.

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This site was last updated on October 30, 2003. Please forgive us for any difficulties you may encounter with using this website, and please feel free to send your comments and suggestions for improving it to: Professor Eric Wiertelak, who is responsible for updating and mantaining this website.