10 reasons why you may not want to disclose your dyslexia
Updated: May 14
Now I'm not normally lost for words (if you pardon the pun) but when someone asks me whether it's a good idea to disclose their dyslexia, as much as it helped me embrace my dyslexia, it's a personal choice.
It's for a number of reasons: no one can tell you what's going on inside your head, no one knows your background with dyslexia and no one can make decisions for you.
But imma be impartial. And to make things fair, I'll also put out a blog on the reasons you may want to disclose your dyslexia. It's a personal choice.
Here's some reasons why you may not want to disclose your dyslexia:
You haven't fully embraced your dyslexia
The biggest one to begin with - accepting that dyslexia is a part of you doesn't come naturally, even to people who were diagnosed before they could even spell the word.
And by embrace, I don't mean that you have to have everything figured out. You may not know what support works for you yet but embracing your dyslexia means that you're comfortable trying.
Setting the speed, being comfortable discussing it with your friends or co-workers, or simply thinking that your dyslexia isn't working against you. No matter how bitter you are toward the world, you know deep inside that you're at peace with what makes you different.
And that's what embracing your dyslexia means. And if you're not quite there yet, you may want to spend some time before you disclose it.
And that's it - that's the tea. I could discuss other points to why it may not be the best time to disclose that you're dyslexic, but it's all nuanced. With every reason why you shouldn't, there's a reason why you should. And for every point that I could list here to count toward this particular blog, there's a direct reason for why it shouldn't.
Your dyslexia experience is personal to you, and so is the decision to disclose it.
Let me know if you want my take? Heavily caveated, of course ;)