Don’t let DYSLEXIA stop you from achieving your goals!
This is a topic that I have been thinking of covering for a few weeks now and I feel like today is the day. This is going to be very personal and informative as I want to inspire many of you to go out there and tackle your dreams and goals.
How did this affect me growing up?
I have never been a fan of reading, especially those massive books with hundreds of pages and complex storylines. I would normally struggle with reading, not just with the words, but keeping the information in and processing what it meant and what was being said. This was a big struggle for me growing up, yet I was not aware of this until I was diagnosed. I just thought I was ‘bad’ at reading. It all makes sense now!
At primary and secondary school, I always preferred the more artistic/creative subjects, such as pe, art, music, and drama. I found it easier to connect in those subjects because I did not have anything to stop me from developing further and I was able to achieve higher in those subjects. I did not have any assessments done during school, as it was not picked up within my lessons.
It wasn’t until I was halfway through my second year of university where I decided to speak to student services about how I could about getting a test done. I had been struggling a little with the complex readings, as well as receiving feedback on my assignments which suggests signs of being muddled and a lack of understanding. Dyslexia does run in my family, which is why after I spoke about this, it was agreed that perhaps I should get tested.
Of course, finding out about this officially at 21 is quite daunting and causes a lot of self-doubts. I never want this to stop me from believing about myself. I have worked so hard to get to where I am, and I have probably had to work a lot harder than others, but I am determined to complete university with a 2:1 in Education Studies and Drama, as well as continue sharing posts on my blog which I love so much!
What is Dyslexia?
‘Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing, and spelling. It is estimated that up to 1 in every 10 people, in the UK, have some degree of Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills to help those who really need it at school and work’ (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Dyslexia/). Dyslexia affects individuals in different ways. Even though there is no exact cause, it does tend to run in families.
Is there a stigma with Dyslexia?
Personally, I think that there is still some stigma associated with having dyslexia. At university, pupils who are known to be dyslexic are given a range of equipment, funding, software’s, personal tutors, extra time in exams etc, which is funded by the university. Although I haven’t received any of the software’s and tutors yet, as I am still in the process, I think that pupils with dyslexia are able to try different things to suit their needs which results in them achieving higher because of different learning methods. Pupils should be able to have access to specific software’s to help them achieve higher, as they are created for a reason.
As it’s only been a few weeks after finding my results, I think that it is important to inform your place of work, including interviews for new ones. It is good to be honest with them. Even though being dyslexic is common and not that bad, it is still a good idea for them to know, especially to support you should you need it.
I am not sure how I feel about it towards blogging. I feel like some of my readers already know about it, due to my writing style and punctuation. To be completely honest, I just thought bloggers assumed I wasn’t very good at writing.
I think it is very important to be open about being dyslexic as it’s important to inspire those to achieve their goals and aspirations. I am an aspiring secondary school drama teacher, as well as a blogger. There are highly dependent on reading, writing, and spelling and I am determined to achieve these by working extra hard to overcome my weaknesses.
Here are some software’s that I recommend using for blogging and studying?
Some of these software’s are free, free to trial and have a subscription fee. If you have been diagnosed for dyslexia and you like the idea of these, you could try and get funded for these great software’s. All of these allows you to either download for free or a 30-day trial. It would be beneficial for you to try some of these out and find which ones would help you personally.
- OneNote – perfect for organizing notes and creating different notebooks for every project.
- Grammarly – free spelling and grammar word check for every app/website on PC.
- MindView 7.0 – Mind mapping software that turns all into word documents to assist with structuring essays and organizing notes.
- Text Help Read&Write – Improves reading and writing, it is an alternative of Microsoft Word which is designed to help those with learning difficulties and dyslexia.
- Open Dyslexic – Fonts designed to help those with dyslexia to read as it lines each sentence to help you follow what you’re reading.
- Bee LineReader – Improves reading with colored tools and alternatives to improve following complex texts.
- Academic Phrasebank – perfect for those who are academic writers to view examples of work to understand how to structure and phrase your sentences.
This post is aimed to inspire those who may also struggle with reading, writing or spelling or anything else. I think that you should be able to achieve anything that you want to. I am determined to make my dreams come true and being dyslexic will not stop me.
If you would like to have a chat, please do not hesitate to get in touch.