Dyslexia Week 2021: Your Stories
- Bushra Abu-Helil
- Catherine Boafo-Yirenkyi
- Ruth Breen
- Lorna Burnett
- Mark Cooper
- Olivia Corrie
- John Crawshaw
- Alice Ferns
- Chantal Gagnon
- Sarah Hill
- Victoria Hind
- Nicholas Hounsfield
- Shelley Johnson
- Callum Langstroth
- Lynn Matthews
- Bronya Meadley
- Eva Middleton
- Leigha Neverson
- Jacqui Perks
- Sophia Preston
- Ryan Rahim
- Nicola Sandy
- Paul Strick
- T - Further Education Lead Tutor at a Creative College
- Kim To
Tell us about your dyslexia diagnosis - when were you diagnosed and when did you / family members / friends / teachers realise that you were having challenges?
I was diagnosed as a child after spending a long time struggling with reading and writing. My family were aware I had issues but teaching staff helped identify my dyslexia.
How has dyslexia impacted you in both positive ways and challenges?
On the positive side, I've learnt to embrace my dyslexia after spending a long time feeling somewhat ashamed of it. I grew up and started working during a gradual shift in people's general perception of dyslexia in the UK.
On the negative side, I've had to deal with a lot of feelings of inadequacy. With people both consciously and unconsciously treating me differently when they learn I am dyslexic.
What support have you received for your dyslexia throughout your life?
I had very good learning and development support due to being at a private fee-paying school. I was able to learn at my own pace and was given the support I needed. On the flip side until I reached AS and A Levels I was often grouped in classes with low achieving and other "problem" children.
Do you have a particular story or achievement you would like to share?
I'm currently working as a Senior Narrative Designer in the UK Games Industry. A creative job that requires a lot of reading, writing, planning, talking and hands-on work.
What advice would you have for someone who has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia?
Diagnosis means you can get the support you need and more importantly better understand yourself going forward.
What one thing would you like the world to know about dyslexia?
Being dyslexic does not mean a person is "slow" or stupid. They just have a different way of processing information.