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Me, Myself and I + Dyslexia (Half 1) – A life much less unusual

If you learn a weblog, you need to come away extra educated a couple of matter, achieve a brand new perspective or on the very least chortle out loud. Let’s hope this weblog about my journey with dyslexia delivers all three!

Key Reality About Dyslexia
It’s estimated that 1 in 10 individuals have dyslexia. Please take a couple of seconds and let that statistic sink in.

My Early Journey with Dyslexia
As I write this weblog, I’m a 41-year-old dyslexic girl who has labored in advertising for 15 plus years and has had a bumpy journey embracing her dyslexic self.

I used to be ‘formally’ recognized once I was 16, and the catalyst for me getting an evaluation was that I spectacularly failed all my increased prelims. It was anticipated that I’d be capable of obtain 5 Highers in fifth 12 months, which was a giant endeavor, however it’s what my academics thought I ought to be aiming for. All through my faculty years, I had all the time struggled with spelling, studying and writing. My dad and mom flagged this frequently to my academics; nonetheless, their response was all the time the identical, she will not be dyslexic. After not getting the assist from the varsity, my dad and mom determined to pay privately for an evaluation. I nonetheless have that report. Once I learn it now, I notice how the schooling system let me down. I needed to wrestle and work a lot tougher than my friends to realize good grades with no further assist or recommendation on methods or that I used to be not silly. It was simply that the system sadly was not designed to extract the very best from dyslexic brains, the truth is sadly it usually highlights their weaknesses. With exams being the determinate software to resolve for those who have been succeeding in school.

Transferring on

Not surprisingly, I left faculty after fifth 12 months, as mainly I had had sufficient. I went straight into Uni and started a level in Accountancy. I went to Glasgow Caledonian College the place that they had an inclusive method to college students with dyslexia. I used to be given a laptop computer, entry to software program, further time for exams, and I used to be allowed to make use of a pc throughout exams. It made an enormous distinction. At college, all I used to be given was further time, and in the identical room as all the opposite college students, which on the time was humiliating, as 100+ pupils stood as much as go away, and I simply sat there with everybody asking, ‘why aren’t you leaving?’.

Now, keep in mind I used to be in school over 20 years in the past, and there wasn’t the notice there’s now or the constructive language used across the dyslexia talent set. Wanting again, I can see that it was these unfavorable and traumatic experiences I had in class, significantly secondary faculty, that made it that a lot tougher for me to embrace my dyslexic self.

Quick ahead, to now and I’ve carved out a profitable profession inside advertising. For almost all of my working life, I’ve not been open about my dyslexia. This was solely right down to me not being assured about that a part of myself and intensely fearful of being held again from profession alternatives or my friends, and managers not considering I may ship my aims. Particularly if you work in advertising, having the ability to write and proof test is a key talent.

Why the change of coronary heart in direction of my dyslexia?
Nicely, the rationale for this modification in mind-set is that final 12 months my wonderful, humorous and clever niece, Isla, acquired her ‘official’ identification. My sister and brother-in-law are each academics and have been very fast off the mark and engaged with the varsity to start out the method. Isla’s perspective to being dyslexic is that it’s a part of her and nothing to cover or really feel ashamed of and is immensely proud to be dyslexic. She understands and accepts that her mind is wired otherwise from most, and he or she wears that proudly realizing that it makes her extraordinary. This made me suppose, I must embrace what I name ‘my internal Isla’. I contacted Dyslexia Scotland, the place I used to be linked with Helen Fleming who has been wonderful. I joined their volunteering crew as a changemaker, with the aim of elevating consciousness of dyslexia, what it means and the way companies could make their tradition and dealing practices dyslexia pleasant.

The Street to Embracing My Dyslexic Self
I’ve accepted that truly it’s the truth that I’m dyslexic that has to date led me to have a profitable profession. I’m a superb communicator, I attempt for perfection in my work, I’m an important drawback solver, I embrace change, and I discover it straightforward to see the larger image. So by not being open about my ‘pal’ dyslexia, I’m not giving her the popularity she deserves. I’m additionally extremely fortunate to work for a corporation that embraces neurodiversity. They’re completely satisfied to make any changes that I would want and supply me with any further instruments that I must ship my job.

Learn Half 2 of this weblog right here.

Lindsay Miller, Dyslexia Changemaker

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