Is Having A Disability Worth Being Labeled? Essay

1001 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Is Having a Disability Worth Being Labeled?
Scott Sonnon, a world champion of martial arts stated, “I didn’t succeed despite my dyslexia, but because of it. It wasn’t my deficit, but my advantage. Although there are neurological trade-offs that require that I work creatively and smarter in reading, writing and speaking, I love being me, regardless of the early challenges I faced” (Morin). Sonnon asserts that while dyslexia is a learning disorder, individuals work hard to overcome this disability. This quote is a lot like what I went through when it came to my disability. At the time all of my friends were learning how to read in kindergarten, I was falling behind. By the time I was in second grade, that’s when my teachers noticed that I was not able to read. Although my life altering experience with reading from my childhood has limited my enjoyment for reading, it gave me the work ethic that I have today because it pushed me to work harder than my peers. A disability is something that should not hold a person back but propel them forward at a rate far faster than those around them. I have dyslexia which, according to LD.org is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling (Cortiella). In school, reading out loud was horrifying for me because I would always mispronounce words or read the first letter and replace the work with a completely different word. So when I was called on in class to…

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