I am Molly, I am a writer and I’m dyslexic. My chosen career might seem odd but I’ve always been drawn to story telling. Dyslexia was my constant companion like my breath.
When I told my friends I was writing this article, they told me to back off. Most people didn’t believed me, they thought that how can a writer be dyslexic. But I never thought myself having a disability because I live in an age of technological wonders. MS Word spell checks every syllable I write.
My Dyslexia was discovered in grade school. Initially I thought that for the word dog- there’s a line, then a circle with hook. A characteristic feature of dyslexia is the inability to discern phonemes, distinct sounds represented by specific letters. I can hear the sounds but sometimes I can’t translate them to letters on the page.
A few years back, I discovered a free cloud based software extension that has an in built writing assistant. It helps me spell even the words that regularly flummoxed Google and MS word.
It felt like I was falling for a crush with this technology. It became my benevolent hero. The software used to get me and my scrambled spellings in ways no other had before. I felt that I’m using something so seamless that I wondered if Technology would soon bring an end to my Dyslexia as I knew it.