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IDG Contributor Network: How my dyslexia launched my hacking career

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jan 27, 2016.

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    I'm dyslexic, and when I was young I had problems learning how to read. The conventional, phonetic-based approach didn't work for me and I fell behind. I was teased relentlessly, but despite my classmates' taunting, I knew I wasn't stupid. If anything, it made me extremely determined to learn how to read.

    While my teachers' methods didn't work for me, they did offer a reference point for my own efforts. Dyslexic people process visual information differently than most people, so instead of starting with letters or sounds, I looked at sentences or even paragraphs as a whole, and then broke them down into parts. That process – starting with the big picture and breaking things down – worked much better than the "normal" word-by-word, letter-by-letter approach taught in school. Essentially, I learned how to read by reverse-engineering my first-grade teacher's reading comprehension methods.

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