A nine-year-old boy is on a mission to change people’s perception of dyslexia.
Marcus Smith, a Grade 4 students at Mundy’s Bay Public School, has been diagnosed with dyslexia — an inherited neurobiological difference that makes it extremely difficult to learn to read, write and spell despite average or above average intelligence.
Initially his struggles were referred to as a learning disability, a term he really dislikes.
“I was first told that I had a learning disability and I hate (that term), I despise it,” said Marcus. “When I was told I was dyslexic I was happy about it. It doesn’t have the word disability. It is a much better word.”
Alicia Smith, Marcus’ mother, approached the school mid-Grade 3 with…