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Why I can't spell but I CAN code

adam_cyclones profile image Adam Crockett ・1 min read

How do you spell function?

You had to think for a split second didn't you? You probably write the word in some form atleast 30 times per day, 10,950 per year and 87,600 keystrokes just to fit that statistical guess work. But still.. it's a small wonder our keyboards haven't inverted, caught fire, or complained to a workers Union. It's all down to muscle memory (which I will now googlize into my own brains short term memory) and define it thusly:

Muscle memory is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition, which has been used synonymously with motor learning.

Ace now we have that out the way, thanks googled generic text, I can't spell because I have been told I am dyslexic. But I can code because I need to get it write in order to survive at life, this is my job and my hobby. So yeah working with me is probably full of typos and disorganized rambles because dyslexia is more than just spelling. It's a state of mind. I want to know your point of view, is dyslexia a label, an excuse or a genuine thing, I won't be offended, so have at it.

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Until about 10 years ago, Indian parents just plainly ignored stuff like dyslexia, shouting and beating us for spelling mistakes. I am not dyslexic but my brother is. We changed default fonts everywhere on his PC to sans-serif (currently Adobe-Source-code-Pro but also tried opendyslexic) with default font-size at 18, and big letter-spacing line-height. The computer looks weird but works for him.

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Scott Simontis

I'm sorry to hear that y'all had to endure that but I am glad you were creative and technical enough to find a solution for him!

It looks like you just recently joined the community, welcome! My name is Scott and I am one of our community moderators. Along with the other amazing moderators and staff, I try to make sure that we create an inclusive community where all are welcome and feel safe to share their opinions.

How has your experience been with the site so far? If you have had any issues with the site or there's some way you think we can improve things, please don't be afraid to let us know. My inbox is always open!

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Ohh, I was talking about our parents generation in general. They don't believe in psychological conditions in kids. Only after a movie about dyslexia, which came out about 10 years ago, they became aware of that. A lot of their generation still prefer denial over consultation.

My parents were strict, but very supportive. Infact it was them who endured society when we barely passed exams simply because we had really bad handwriting and too many spelling mistakes. Yes they made us do our homework twice to improve our hand. I filled kindergarden handwriting books even in college days. But now I have a home and only issue they have with me is that I am unmarried. :D

This site is amazing. I love it. The customizability is my favourite feature of this site. And being open source is just icing on cake. I have actually enjoyed going through the code on github. Its better than medium even if it didn't had paywall.

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Adam Crockett Author

Sorry I haven't replied! I am moving house, IL be back soon.

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Scott Simontis

One of my old mentors was an IBM executive and he was able to oversee all of IBM's fabrications with dyslexia, he taught me to still dream big and set bold goals no matter what obstacles are in the way.

While I don't have dyslexia, I do have multiple mental illnesses and diagnosis was both a relief and a shock. I probably spent hundreds of hours sifting through research articles trying to understand why my brain was different from everyone around me, what it would mean in terms of my future neurological state and if there was some magic silver bullet that would "fix" things for me. And yes, that choice of words in that last sentence was intentional. I wondered if there was a worthwhile future for me or if I would always be broken and alienated.

It took me a while to stop identifying with the illnesses as a core characteristic of me. I don;t tell people that I am bipolar, I say that I am Scott and I have bipolar disorder, because the mental illness is not what is important about me and it shouldn't subtract from all the talents and unique abilities I have. I choose to view myself as a survivor and not a victim.

Because there is a genetic component to mental illness, there were some resentments towards my parents that I had to explore and that still resurface from time to time. It helps a lot to get to know some other people with the same condition. I can sympathize with you, but I don't truly understand your experience because I have not endured it, so I can't offer you the same reassurance and guidance someone else who has dyslexia might be able to.

I've never really considered where you said it's a state of mind. I can sympathize a little there too because of ADD; thank you for sharing that with us and letting us learn something new. I am truly blessed that in spite of all the mental illnesses that I fight through, I am able to sustain a career that I absolutely love. I forget to be grateful for that sometimes because many others with mental illness are struggling so greatly that they cannot do the same. I can't selfishly enjoy my circumstances, I need to advocate for others and make sure their voices are heard and that people are aware of their needs and always treat them with the dignity they deserve, because there is still a lot of ignorance surrounding mental illness.

It's frustrating and somedays you don't want to get out of bed and are angry that you woke up in the first place, but these things pass. Let yourself feel all of the emotions, the good ones and the bad ones. They don't last forever and they will go away if we let them.

I admire your courage in sharing this post and I'm proud of you for sharing your experience and educating all of us on what it's like to have Dyslexia.It might just be a label for a set of symptoms of varying degrees of significance, but it can feel like so much more than that. The most important things I know about you are that you have a passion for full-stack development, especially the user-facing part, and that you're a very active part of this community and I am glad we have you amongst our ranks. The dyslexia doesn't change any of that.

My inbox is always open if you need someone to chat with about literally anything.

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Adam Crockett Author

I'm very sorry I haven't replied, I'm moving house. IL check back soon.