Back in the 80s when I was in school, it was rarely if at all that those of us suffering from dyslexia were diagnosed and got the help we needed with our studies. When I was in full time education, I don’t even think I’d heard of dyslexia, let alone realised that I had it. Unfortunately, more often than not, kids that were dyslexic were thought of as stupid or just classed as unacademic. When you’re not doing well in school, it’s easy to let this get you down, let it make you doubt your own intelligence, but that really isn’t the case, some of the most intelligent, creative people throughout history were dyslexic like Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and Hans Christian Anderson to name but a few.
I didn’t achieve very good grades at school and struggled through a lot of it and much of this is down to the fact that I suffered from quite severe dyslexia. It was only later on in life that I realised that I had to change the way I looked at the written word, the way I studied and the way I worked in order to overcome it.
Sometimes I find that wearing tinted glasses can be very helpful whilst I’m reading and I also know the importance of proofing my written work thoroughly before submitting it. Though the education system in the UK has improved a great deal with the way in which it diagnoses and assists those with dyslexia in the last decade or so, I still think there is room for improvement and more can be done to help those who have it.
I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a challenge, but I have learnt to adapt and I don’t feel that I have underachieved because of it.