Dyslexia- Facts and Statistics

Dyslexia is a learning disorder which makes it difficult for children and adults to read and learn new words.
Facts and Statistics
  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia
  • Over 40 million American Adults are dyslexic – and only 2 million know it
  • Dyslexia is not tied to IQ – Einstein was dyslexic and had an estimated IQ of 160
  • Dyslexia in not just about getting letters or numbers mixed up or out of order
  • 80% of people associate dyslexia with some form of retardation – this is not true
  • Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling
  • Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels
  • Dyslexia has nothing to do with not working hard enough
  • 20% of school-aged children in the US are dyslexic
  • With appropriate teaching methods, dyslexia can learn successfully
  • Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic
  • Dyslexia runs in families; parents with dyslexia are very likely to have children with dyslexia
  • Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.

Prevalence

About 15-20 percent of the U.S. population has a learning disability.

  • 70-80% of people with poor reading skills, are likely dyslexic.
  • One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities.
  • Nearly the same percentage of males and females have dyslexia.
  • Nearly the same percentage of people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds have dyslexia.
  • Percentages of children at risk for reading failure are much higher in high poverty, language-minority populations who attend ineffective schools.
  • In minority and high poverty schools, 70-80% of children have inadequate reading skills.
  • According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 38% of all fourth grade students are “below basic” reading skills. They are at or below the 40th percentile for their age group.
  • Nationwide 20% of the elementary school population is struggling with reading.
  • National Center for Education statistics, 5% of all adults are “non-literate”.
  • 20-25% of all adults can only read at the lowest level.
  • 62% of non readers dropped out of high school.
  • 80% of children with an IEP have reading difficulty and 85% of those are Dyslexic.
  • 30% of children with Dyslexia also have at least a mild form of AD/HD.

 

Reference

Austin Learning Solutions

Dyslexia Center of Utah

Encyclopedia of Children’s Health 

 

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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The Challenges and Gifts of Dyslexia: An Infograph

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in reading. Children and adults with dyslexia have normal intelligence but experience challenges with spelling, reading and writing words. There are also positive traits with dyslexia. See the infographic below:

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How To Spot A Learning Disability In Your Child

Learning curve: one fifth of Aussie kids have difficulty with their school work. Image: Getty
Written by: Melinda Ayre

If your child seems to be struggling with their school work, it’s difficult for parents to know if perhaps there’s something else going on.
If your child is regularly ‘losing’ their homework, skipping words or whole sentences while reading aloud or getting into trouble regularly at school, it could be time to examine the situation further.
It’s now estimated one fifth of Australian children experience difficulty reading, writing or doing maths at their age level, and some internatio      nal studies say up to 10 percent of children suffer from dyslexia, one of the most common learning disorders. Click here to read the rest of the story

Dyslexia Resources

 

Statistics

Dyslexia Center of Utah
Dyslexia Facts and Statistics- Austin Learning Solutions
Dyslexia Statistics- Learning Inside-Out
Dyslexia Statistics and Myth Busting

Medical Sites

Kids Health
Mayo Clinic
Medicine Net
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
WebMD
Wikipedia

 

Organizations

American Dyslexia Association
Davis Dyslexia Association International
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The Dyslexia Foundation

Books

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
Dyslexia: Tine for Talent
Secret Life of a Dyslexic Child
The Gift of a Dyslexic Child
Dyslexia at College