9-Year-Old Boy With Dyslexia Uses Rubik's Cubes To Create John Cena Portrait

Learning disabilities have the ability to hold a student back in their education, but now people are seeing dyslexia in a new light. Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes difficulty in reading and writing, often making words appear in a jumble for the reader. This disability is widely recognized and there are several methods and practices to aid children in learning.

Rarely though, do you hear about the benefits a child diagnosed with dyslexia might have. Recently, scientists and researchers have begun to study the special abilities individuals with dyslexia seem to have, many of them in common. The Regents of the University of Michigan reports that while around five percent of the population has the disability, it is enough for scientists to study many of the characteristics they have begun to identify.

According to Davis Dyslexia Association International, increased memory capacity is one of the significant benefits that those with dyslexia appear to gain. Increased spatial reasoning is the second benefit that is mentioned and the one that 9-year-old Benjamin Russo from Montreal, Canada, uses to create awesome works of art with Rubik's Cubes.


Benjamin recently shared his disability with the world in a YouTube video that has now gone viral, but Benjamin chose to focus on the benefits the disability has given him. After introducing himself in the video, Benjamin sits down to create a work of art, an image that is made entirely of Rubik's Cubes. The time-lapse video shows Benjamin create the 3D image cube by cube, first arranging a single side of the cube to reflect the colors he needs to generate the large-sized image.

After about five hours, Benjamin is ready to show off his work of art, a huge photo of John Cena. Because of his disability and increased spatial awareness, Benjamin is able to create similar images and works of art with ease. What's more impressive though, is his ability to see these gifts even though they come with other difficulties.

Benjamin's message in the video is clear, his disability isn't holding him back, but propelling him forward with gifts that he can use to his benefit. Benjamin says dyslexia is his superpower, and while the research results are still out, scientists agree that some powers of memory and reasoning are indeed increased for those with dyslexia.

Do you know anyone with dyslexia? Are they exceptionally good at reasoning, or do they have a great memory?

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