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I'm not sure that subejct matter does make any difference, however understanding dyslexia does. Of course having dyslexia and doing a PhD in an area with a lot of written work could be very challenging, IF you struggle with reading, writing and spelling.
In my experience people have many different ideas about what dyslexia is and what it really involves. Most people assume that if you're dyslexic you can't read and write properly, this is simply not the case.
Thank you all for the information.
My dyslexia doesn't really affect my literacy skills and I'm fine with talking in public. I do have maths problems, but my biggest difficulty is with working memory and the chaotic thinking.
I guess that my biggest concern is other people's perceptions. I've heard some fairly concerning stories and have run in to a few bizzare comments/raised eyebrows in the past. I don't use my dyslexia as an excuse, and have never received additional support throughout undergrad or work. However having a good support network is key (IMO), so I'm not sure how this would be received by an academic. i.e. I don't want someone thinking I'm after a way out of, or an excuse for, any mistakes that I'll inevitably make.
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