www.flickr.com

Alexia sine agraphia

Reading and Writing go together...or not?
Today Open Culture has a story and video from National Public Radio (USA) which I share below:

 

Uploaded by  on Jun 21, 2010
"Imagine you wake up one morning and can't read. Your eyes work, but the letters on the page have turned into squiggles. They make no sense. Now meet Howard Engel, a writer of detective stories, who has this condition, but amazingly, has found a way to trick his brain to almost read again."

You can read about Alexia (the condition) at Wikipedia, and find out more about Howard Engel (and find a list of his books): "Howard Engel CM (born April 2, 1931) is a Canadian mystery writer and CBC producer who resides in Toronto, Ontario. He is well known to Canadian readers for his series ofBenny Cooperman detective novels, set in the Niagara Region in and around the city of Grantham, Ontario (which strongly resembles the real city of St. Catharines, Ontario, where Engel was born). Engel is a founder of Crime Writers of Canada." (link).

Why am I sharing this (other than that it's interesting?)  Because many of us have personal experience with that lexia word, with it's little add-on, dys.

"Those who suffer from "alexia" and "developmental dyslexia" can have similar difficulties, however, "alexia" refers to an acquired reading disability, where reading ability had previously been developed, usually occurring in adulthood conditions, while "developmental dyslexia" refers to developmental reading disability." (link)