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Thoughts from your friendly neighbourhood Space Captain.
I am dyslexic and I don't always spell check myself. Approach with care.
Just made cake for my mum’s birthday.
So I whipped the cream up
And it’s still cooling
So there’s a huge bowl of whipped cream on the side and the dog is worshiping it like if he concentrates enough it’ll fall over and present it’s self to him.
And we’re due out in like 20 minutes.
So I might have to leave the cake cooling while we’re out.
I’m a little scared there might not be a cake when we come back, and we’ll just have a very fat ill dog lieing in the kitchen looking up at us like “Why did you make me do that? You crule people!”
- Annabeth taking the SAT’s five times with extended time and large print format before getting scores she’s happy with
- Annabeth refusing to listen to her school counselors “advice” that “college may not be for her.”
- Annabeth telling off teachers who say she’s bright but doesn’t apply herself because she works twice as hard as everyone else to get the same grades
- Demigod’s who start printing school textbooks in Ancient Greek to help out students who have a harder time reading in English
- Percy getting like an 1100 on the SAT’s but being completely over the moon about it
- Hazel being thrilled to find out there is an actual word other than “lazy” to describe kids like her
- Hazel getting a formal dyslexia diagnoses just for closure
- Nobody on the Argo II being able to read each others handwriting because it is all just a hot mess
- Basically mentioning the seven’s learning disabilities in any way shape or form
- Dyslexic demigods
That is all.
i get the sentiment behind this and 100% agree that people seriously need to remember that demigods are dyslexic, because that’s super important (especially with regard to annabeth, whose dyslexia seems forgotten more often than not).
but it’s also kind of implying that dyslexia makes it impossible to achieve things like honors and making valedictorian. it makes it harder by nature but that kind of academic success is not inherently out of reach with a learning disability.
annabeth is exactly the kind of person who’d develop her strengths elsewhere while working within the confines of her dyslexia, and her making honor roll really isn’t an impossibility.
dyslexia =/= mediocrity
People assume that dyslexia means you fall short, and a lot of the time even teachers take this approach. I’m dyslexic, and finding the PJO books when I was a teenager was awesome. But one thing that gets me about the way people portray dyslexia is like they can’t read at all. Which isn’t the case always. The worst forms, yes. But most people who are dyslexic can get along fine.
In the UK (when I was younger) we took something called SAT’s (though I don’t think they’re teh same as american SAT’s) when you’re 10, and you’re expected to get a 4 around that age. I did in everything, except spelling, where I got a 3, which was below average.
At the age of 15 coming up to GCSE’s I took a test and I had the reading age of an 11 year old. I had extra time in all my exams (which was great if just because I got to take it in a different room to everyone else, usually one that wasn’t freezing cold like the main hall). Despite being dyslexic I have 11 GCSE’s from A to C, and a certificate in enterprise.
I went to 6th form, and despite being dyslexic I have 4 AS levels nad 2 A levels. And in one of htose AS levles (Classics no less) I got 100% in one of the exams. (I didn’t even finish the book. I studdied the Odyssey in comic format)
I went to foundation art school. And then on to university. At university I didn’t even ask for help with my dyslexia because teachers who work with dyslexics have an annoying tendency to sit you down and talk to you in a slow voice and go “It’s alright, we can help you be normal too!” which after 10 years of it you’re kind of over. (But I picked a course that didn’t have formal exams)
Dyslexia means I can’t read and spell as well as other people. However, Roald Dahl was a dyslexic and he was an author. Richard Branson is dyslexic.
Here’s a fun fact: Dyslexics are usually very good at code breaking because of the way their brains are wired.
So yeah, Anabeth would probably sit her exams with extra time (25% is the standard for dyslexics), large print. It would be littered with spelling mistakes no doubt, and she’d have to read every question 5 times to make sure she got it right. But that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t do well. Especially in subjects that require less of a reading/writing mind set and more problem solving, and memory exercises. Maths, Computing, Science, Music, Art, Drama (which is 50% performance), Forign language (which has a speeking aspect to it).
I entered Secondary School beleiving that despite my dyslexia I would be able to get A’s in anything I set my mind too. 5 Years later I was convinced I’d be lucky to get C’s because that’s all anyone told me.
Distroy the idea that Dyslexia means you have to resign yourself to low marks!
I’ve reached that point on my files blog where occasionally numbers go down and it’s really weird because I know it doesn’t matter and it would be better if I didn’t watch them, but I always feel like I’ve disapointed someone. When reality they’ve probably just decided they don’t like long discussions on their dash, which is fine. I mean, I unfollow people all the time, and it’s not because I don’t like them, it’s because my dash is overflooded, and occasionally I feel a need to step away from a fandom.
Perhapse I should download the xkit extention to hide my follower count.
Last time I talked to my doctor I mentioned how I have trouble getting to sleep at night and then waking up in the mornings was hard.
She reconed it could be the depression/anxiety at night or the medication.
And as for the getting up, apparantly I could have a mild form of sleep paralasis.
Having just slept to about half 1 in the afternoon, and only getting up because I woke briefly to turn over and I heard my mum speeking to boy about cards and remembered it was her birthday…
It seems quite likely.
Piss. This is not the best thing ever.
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