Hello humans of the internet. This has been a busy week a lot has happened, most of which I can’t say because it involves other people’s private business and they don’t want their lives all over the internet. Today I’m talking about things you shouldn’t say to dyslexic people. Since you’re all kind humans as far as I can tell, yore probably not saying any of these things. However, these are all things that people have honestly told me.
1. “Sometimes I mix up you’re and your, I must be dyslexic too” or some variation on this. This one really doesn’t bother me all that much because I understand that it’s how some people try to relate. (In my personal experience, this mostly comes from family members) the only time this becomes a problem is when this person who does not have dyslexia tries to tell you what your experience is. I’ve had family members tell me that I should be able to read something because they can. (Family members who are by no means dyslexic but happen to mix up certain words like you’re and your).
2. “I would’ve never known you were dyslexic, you’re so smart” intelligence and dyslexic aren’t mutually exclusive. You can be both.
3. “Oh, you’re dyslexic, I thought you were smarter than that” again, intelligence and dyslexia are not mutually exclusive. I know that these are similar, but I wanted to include both. I literally had a guy break a date upon finding out I’m dyslexic because he thought I was smarter than that. What does that even mean?
Are you dyslexic? Do you have any kind of disability? What do you wish people would stop saying to you? Have people said stuff like this to y’all? Let’s talk about this.