Dyslexia, writing and performance

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Dyslexia, writing and performance challenges existing ways of theorising dyslexia such as: are dyslexics creative because they compensate for a disability? Aby Watson suggests that the medical model of dyslexia has been allowed to dictate debates about dyslexia and argues instead that dyslexic’s must themselves ask the question: what is dyslexia? In other words, dyslexics need to explore dyslexia through creative practices, such as writing and performance, to speak about their experiences with dyslexia. This exploration involves a refusal to identify with a medical or deficit model of dyslexia as a generic interpretation of dyslexia, and uses examples of dyslexic writers. These illustrate the importance of dyslexics defining dyslexia themselves as well as highlighting how performance and writing raise ethical questions about dyslexia, in relation to concepts of empowerment and stigma.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)B00C69CTIY
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 2 Apr 2013

Author keywords

  • dyslexia, authorship, performance, neurodiversity