I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 11, I had difficulties learning numbers, writing and reading. At that time it was not recognised as a disease and was wrongfully labelled as laziness. I had to correct myself and was self-learning until I was 14.
With the help of proper teachers and doctors, I found people that understood my difficulties and helped me to find motivation in my studies and boost my concentration. My family was of great help and understood their role in supporting my physical and emotional needs and recognised all my efforts to stay concentrated while struggling to do my homework.
Thanks to the assistance I received from the professionals, always having my family’s support, and my determination to not let dyslexia interfere with my studies and career, now I am a Doctor in Law and recipient of the award of Officer of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen.
My message is clear. Everyone can succeed.
We must support children by turning what is wrongly perceived as a weakness into a strength. Making studying as enjoyable as possible for children is a good start.
And remember, dyslexia affects adults, too.
That’s why I’m supporting Matt Hancock’s Dyslexia Screening Bill, as the earlier we pick up on dyslexia the easier it is to support children and reduce learning difficulties.
This imitative will ensure every neurodivergent child can reach their potential and will require universal screening for dyslexia in primary schools.
It means we can take forward Dyslexia Screening Bill, which will require universal screening for dyslexia in primary schools, alongside teacher training and better support for dyslexia and other neurodivergent conditions.
As an early result of this campaign, The Department for Education published their Schools’ White Paper and SEND Green Paper and pledged for the first time for early identification and teacher training for all neurodivergent conditions.
I didn’t give a chance to my dyslexia to prevent me to achieve my numerous professional and academic goals. Together we can help many people who are struggling with it.
I cordially invite you to submit your thoughts to SEND Green Paper consultation.