J-Fall 2018: Pieter van der Meer – The dyslexic programmer, creativity did not kill the cat

Dyslexia is generally considered a disability, prejudices are always in place (they are slow and can not read or write). To be honest some of it is true but they have other qualities that make them excellent developers. There are lot of misconceptions about dyslexia. Did you know that 40% of all the self made millionaires are dyslexic. Approximately 2 out of 10 persons are dyslexic and 6 out of 10 do not even know it or are trying to hide it and that ? After a short introduction on what dyslexia actually is I will present you with some interesting facts that you probably did not know. From there on I take you on a ride into the mind of a dyslexic. His reading skills, the problems he faces and more important their perception of the world. The way that we perceive the world allows us to have a different look at anything we encounter. This different look is sometimes referred to as thinking outside the box. At the end of the presentation, I hope that I reframed this perceived weakness as being a powerful tool. And some pointers on how to interact with us, it is not that different from any other person.

Pieter van der Meer

Data engineer with a passion for fast data environments. Being a Dyslexic programmer reading is and will be a challenge. The advantage of being a dyslexic is creativity. This enables me to think outside the box and devise solutions to a variety of problems

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