I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 7 years old. I am now graduated from college and now just hit reality. I am fighting with my dyslexia and getting a job. I have had school back me this whole time with all the help they gave but now in the real world I'm on my own and I have not truly accepted my severe dyslexia. I don't know how employers will take it if I tell him I have dyslexia. I feel like I won't be able to fully do what I need to for the job.

I just wanted to know if there is any advice given on the website or some way that I can communicate with people like me who struggle as well and know how to get through it?

Also if there are any jobs in helping people just like me to get through or know their options?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

I'm sorry that your dyslexia is continuing to be a challenge. Many people do not understand the ways that dyslexia can affect someone into adulthood. And, I don’t know that we, as professionals, always do a good job of preparing you for what’s ahead. It might be helpful for you to talk with someone in your area about the challenges you are having, especially someone who could help you with strategies and assistive technology options.

It might be helpful to read Dr. Michael Ryan's blog. Dr. Ryan has dyslexia and has spent his career working with people with dyslexia. He offers many helpful thoughts and suggestions on the subject in regards to different ways it can affect one's life.

He has one that specifically addresses disclosing.

We don't really have a way of connecting you with other dyslexics via the website. You might find Shaun Sanders' story interesting. And, he has offered his contact information if you want to reach out to him.

In regard to career counseling -- perhaps working with a psychologist or clinician to identify your strengths, weaknesses, and, importantly, interests could be helpful. As is evident by the many success stories we have on DyslexiaHelp, there are many, many people with dyslexia out in the world living fulfilled lives. Let me know where you live and I'll see what's out there. And, I wish you the very best in your endeavors.