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Dyslexia Week 2021: Your Stories

Catherine Boafo-Yirenkyi

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 very late in year 11, 8 weeks before my GCSE exams commenced. I had always struggled with my comprehension of English language as early as year 7. It took my teachers until year 11 to realise I was really struggling due to their misconceptions on dyslexia.

How has dyslexia impacted you in both positive ways and challenges?

Having dyslexia is honestly my superpower. I do see it as a gift! Although I do encounter many challenges with my learning, it has made me a more resilient and stronger person for it. I love how I think very creatively and differently compared to others.

What support have you received for your dyslexia throughout your life?

In sixth form, I had 25% extra time, enlarged font size on blue paper and my blue-green tinted glasses for my visual stress.

Do you have a particular story or achievement you would like to share?

Please click here to read Catherine's personal dyslexia and visual stress story.

What advice would you have for someone who has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia?

Embrace all the advantages and talents dyslexia gives you! Do not be harsh on yourself and ignore other people's petty comments! Dyslexia is a superpower, it is something to be proud of! Surround yourself with supportive family and friends as a sudden diagnosis can be overwhelming at times.

What one thing would you like the world to know about dyslexia?

Dyslexia brings many positives than negatives. It does not define how intelligent a person is. Dyslexics think differently and that is something that needs to be welcomed more in society. Dyslexia is a superpower gift and it is not only just related to spelling.