Dyslexia is not visibly marked on the body yet there are important moments where the disability becomes visible… Sometimes these moments are interpreted as ambiguous and are treated as “a common mistake” or “something that happens to everyone;” the everyday performances of dyslexia are often minimized, misunderstood or simply unrecognized. Also, my physical ability contradicts my cognitive ability. There are many ways that I perform ablebodiedness according to the dominant perception of ablebodiedness; I am physically able to walk, carry out physical tasks and access public spaces. On the other hand, I share in the medicalization of disability ––the doctor visits, special rehabilitative classes, documentation/proof of diagnosis, endless frustration and struggle over accommodations. I share in the socialization of disability –– the alienation, public ridicule, (mis)judgment–– therefore, I also share in disability activism, advocacy and rights movement.
I didn’t think it was possible to get ~the feels~ over an academic article, but this really speaks to me as someone with invisible disabilities. I am cry.
I often hear this lament from people with dyslexia: “Why me? Why can’t I be like other people?
Everyone has their own strengths, weaknesses, obstacles and triumphs. Too much time and energy is wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing we were someone else. Only when we accept who we are – and who we are not – will we be able to succeed.