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Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia

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Six artists who have dyslexia find their words in art.


“I understand things visually, by finding them in paint. I don’t know if my dyslexia causes me to be this way, but I have a feeling it does.” — Rachel Deane, painter.

We know lots of facts about dyslexia: It’s the most common reading disorder. It changes the way millions of people read and process information.

But we know much less about how it feels to people who have it. How it shapes your self-image, your confidence and how people see and react to you.

And so I reached out to some really creative people — artists who have dyslexia — to talk about this.

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Born With No Hands, This 7-Year-Old ‘Stunned’ Judges To Win Penmanship Contest

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First-grader Anaya Ellick was born with no hands. But that didn’t stop her from winning a national penmanship contest.

Courtesy Greenbrier Christian Academy

Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick, who was born with no hands and does not use prostheses, recently won a national penmanship contest.

Holding the pencil between her wrists, the first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., formed neat, careful letters, earning her the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship. The award is one of several that the educational company Zaner-Bloser gives out every year.

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