thecollegian by Jessica Shields
Dyslexia is a complicated topic in the state of Kansas. Even though one in five people have been diagnosed with dyslexia, according to the Fundamental Learning Center, Kansas does not recognize it as its own category of learning disability in the school system.
“Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person’s ability to read, write, spell and sometimes speak,” said Mary Belvin, director of Children Services at the Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita. “We say it’s a glitch in the brain on a phonological level.”
Dyslexia has a wide spectrum and cannot be seen, which can cause many people to be confused about the disability. People with dyslexia struggle with processing and interpreting language. It is not a visual impairment or an indicator that a person is stupid or stubborn.
“The individuals are often very talented and it has nothing to do with IQ, but they struggle with language,” Belvin said.