While many of us take simple acts like reading and writing for granted, there are plenty of people out there who have real difficulties with words. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities of all, causing people to have trouble in various aspects of literacy like spelling words or reading quickly.
Estimates suggest it affects around 3 – 7% of the population, but while dyslexia has long been classed as a ‘disability’, there are those who argue that it actually has plenty of benefits.
A young Canadian boy named Benjamin Russo is helping people see these benefits.
There are dyslexic individuals with very high IQs and many people with dyslexia adapt to learning in unique and effective ways.
Scientists and researchers have also discovered that people with dyslexia often have a range of enhanced abilities like spatial reasoning and strong memories.
They’re often very good at putting together or visualizing 3D structures and can be highly successful in fields of design, art, and architecture. 9-year-old Benjamin Russo is living proof!
This young boy recently shared a video with the world, showing him completing a flawless Rubik’s cube artwork in a matter of hours.
The video begins with Benjamin introducing himself by holding up a series of cards, revealing that he has dyslexia and has problems with reading and writing.
He admits that he can get frustrated and upset with his condition, but that he’s also able to do amazing things.
Next, we see Benjamin getting to work!
A big box of Rubik’s cubs sits beside him and the speed of the video increases as the little boy masterfully places the cubes in perfect order to create a lifelike portrait of John Cena, the famous WWE star and actor.
Little Benjamin is able to complete one side of a Rubik’s cube in just a single second! His mother, Melanie, says he’s always had an impressive level of spatial awareness and can take on big-scale art projects like this one with ease.
It’s simply extraordinary to watch the picture come to life, with Benjamin spending a total of just five hours putting it all together.
After placing the final cube into the mosaic, Benjamin lets the camera show off his art, before one final and very special message with the audience:
Dyslexia is not my disability. Dyslexia is my superpower.
While Benjamin might struggle to read and write, he certainly has no problems doing amazing things like this. It’s inspiring to see how he looks at his dyslexia in such a positive way.
Even though it can get him down sometimes, he appreciates the benefits and makes the most of his situation, setting a wonderful example for everyone.
We can all learn a lot from Benjamin’s abilities, and he’s also helping to show that dyslexia isn’t all bad, changing attitudes and opinions of this so-called ‘disability’ in everyone who gets to enjoy the video. Check it out for yourself down below!
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