Read how backwards the policy in New Zealand seems to be. What a shame!
Our son has never done very well academically. It is incredibly difficult for an intelligent child to perform poorly in school. He has suffered high anxiety, periodically vomits at school and is sent home. He has had sore stomachs for years with no medical answer. It is heartbreaking to hear your child tell you how stupid they are.
We applied for government funding to have our son assessed, but this was declined as a child needs to be at least two years below in all academic areas. How can a child who has only been at school two years be more than two years below?
Then on February 12 this year, I decided to seek help and my first stop was online, where I started looking for information about my condition. I knew that there was an inconsistency about my “stupidity”. I was good with numbers but poor in language and self-expression. I googled my insecurities and dyslexia came up. Finally, I could put a name to what was ailing me.
A Wigan woman captured the hearts of the nation when she pledged on TV that she would learn to read in a year so she could tell her grandchildren bedtime stories.
Denise Gallagher, a gran-of-two from Winstanley, appeared alongside Davina McCall on the primetime ITV tear-jerker “This time next year”, a show which helps its guests to achieve their dreams in just 12 months.
The 57-year-old catering assistant who works at St John Rigby College, had hidden her dyslexia from people for more than 50 years.
“Having dyslexia was a huge challenge in my life for most of my childhood. The form of it that I have prevented my mind from processing the information in the same way most people do. So if I read a page from top to bottom, by the time I finished reading I could not tell you what I had read. However, listening and reading at the same time was what made the difference. Today I spend my self-investing and learning time either with podcasts or video tutorials,” he explains.
It is thought that the learning difficulty lends itself to greater creativity and the ability to think in pictures. Celebrating “unique storytelling prowess” of dyslexic and “neurodivergent” filmmakers, the world’s first dyslexic film festival, the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival, held its 12th annual event in Camden this month.
“Once Upon a Time a Sparrow” is a fictional representation of the author’s experiences, as a young girl with reading challenges, and as an adult learning to accept a condition she kept well-hidden. The result is a stunning narrative that will touch your heart and leave a lasting imprint. It certainly made an impression on the judges in the Reader Views Literary Awards, taking home first place overall for Best General Fiction Novel and the Jewel Kats Special Needs Award.
This is what Caitlin Iles’ father told her after she told him she had dyslexia:
“I’m proud of you for being honest, you’re going to have to work harder than anyone else to get what you want but … if Richard Branson can do it, so can you”.
That one sentence has shaped each day of my life since. It’s played quietly on a loop, somewhere in the back of my mind on a daily basis. Without a doubt, it was the most valuable lesson and the best advice I have received.
Wonderful blog story from the homeschooling with dyslexia site, where they explain in great detail how a day rolls by when homeschooling some dyslectic kids. Browse around their site, absolutely worth your time.
Please read this horror story about parents blatantly being denied evaluation and services for their dyslectic child. You wonder why the districts put up such fights or if the independent evaluations are really without any merit. Still if you are convinced your child needs support, don’t give up, go all the way, the path is there, use it.
It continues to be an issue. I’m saying due to unawareness of the severity of the condition, others have different opinions but I remain an optimist. In any case it took a federal investigation to get thing right in Texas.
After a 15-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Education found in January that Texas had effectively capped federally-funded special education services for at least a decade, denying thousands of kids with disabilities the tools and assistance they need to learn. The report said the ambiguity in the state’s policy on dyslexia may have directed some eligible students away from federally-funded special education services, violating federal law.
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad passed away recently, and much has been said about his life and legacy. I want to highlight the positive impact his dyslexia had – as it has on many other entrepreneurs and high-achieving people across all sectors. I’m sure his dyslexia drove him to focus upon the things he was good at, and become expert at finding others who could excel in the areas he struggled.
After Penny Lancaster’s revelation that she had only been diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 46, Eleni Crockard, from Belfast, tells Stephanie Bell how finding out she’d the condition at an early age meant she got the support she needed to attend university and now works helping young people with learning difficulties.