Guest your turn: Raising awareness about dyslexia

By: Susan Mixon Harrell, Executive Director, The Hill School of Wilmington

Albert Einstein.  Henry Winkler. Tim Tebow. Whoopi Goldberg. What do these people all have in common?  They all struggled as learners because of dyslexia, but they used their talents, their strengths, their gifts to rise above their disability.

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. People with dyslexia typically have average to above average intelligence.

They just have a glitch in the language processing part of their brains. In many instances, though, dyslexics have exceptional talents in areas not related to language, such as the arts, science, and athletics.

For those of us who read with ease, it is hard to imagine that words can be so confusing and appear so inconsistent. But for 1 in 5 people who have some form of dyslexia, the struggle to read can not only be frustrating, but can contribute to delinquency, substance abuse, and crime.

There is data that shows that over 30 percent of our prison population is believed to be dyslexic.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and our governor has issued a proclamation encouraging all North Carolinians to support programs for and people with dyslexia.

Part of our mission at The Hill School of Wilmington is to educate all interested community members about dyslexia.

To learn about the workshops we present and other events for our community, including an art show for dyslexics, please visit our website at