120 dyslexic children from PDM’s 15 centres and three Dyslexia Genius centres nationwide, with students taking part in drawing and painting competitions and a host of other creative activities took place at this art festival.
Read how a girl with Dyslexia was able to help a man during a flight. The man was deaf and blind and she was able to sign into his hands. She had learned sign language because that was the easiest “foreign” language for her to learn.
Well not really but read the great story by Lisa Wood Shapiro, who was and is dyslectic but has found remarkable ways to get around most issues and works as a writer. She says:
But I’ve never thought of myself as having a disability. Instead, I see it as a glitch, and one I’ve gotten good at masking. I’ve been able to hide my dyslexia for decades simply because I live in an age of technological wonders. Microsoft Word spell-checks most every syllable I write. When my dyslexic mind mangles a word so much that it’s rendered un-spell-checkable, I’ll deploy an arsenal of workarounds. I might reverse-engineer a word by typing an easy synonym into the thesaurus, or I might paste my best attempt into my browser bar and let the search engine offer the correct spelling as a suggested query.
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.