November 19, 2018 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Is It Really That Common?

Dyslexia: Is It Really That Common?

You might be surprised to learn just how prevalent dyslexia is. Current findings show that 1 out of every 5 people are dyslexic. Take a quick scan of the room around you. If there are at least five people in the room, there is a very good possibility that at least one of them has dyslexia. That’s a whopping 20% of the population!

At the 2018 annual International Dyslexia Association conference, Dr Richard Wager shared a few more formidable statistics:

  • A person has a four times greater chance of having dyslexia if it runs in the family
  • 40% of the time, a person with dyslexia is also found to have ADHD
  • Males with ADHD have a 24% chance of also having dyslexia
  • Males with ADHD and a parent with dyslexia have a 76% chance of having dyslexia

As you can see, the numbers of people with dyslexia are prevalent through all genders and levels of society. Now think of these numbers in relation to school aged children – these numbers correlate with significant numbers of students having difficulty assessing grade level curriculum and content. IDA has put together a great infographic detailing this problem.

Infographic by: International Dyslexia Association


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