Learning Differently: The Struggles and Silver Linings of Dyslexia

Kelsey Morrison


This paper aims to understand the struggles and joys of individuals who have dyslexia. Situated in sociological theory, I contend that dyslexia is biological by nature, but socially constructed as a learning disability. This social construction is culturally shaped and bound by values of nonverbal communication which, consequently, is the area in which dyslexics struggle the most. Using a content analysis style of collecting data, I read hundreds of blog posts aiming to understand the experience of dyslexic individuals living in the United States. This article delves into themes of education, upbringing, and individual perceptions of self. I also explore how an accurate diagnosis of dyslexia can improve learning, which often helps promote positive self-esteem. This study explores how to find the gifts of dyslexia to redefine genius for individuals in Western societies.


dyslexia; learning differences; social constructions of learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15273/jue.v13i2.11808


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