The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teacher



The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teacher

Dyslexia creates suffering for many students, but you rarely hear of teachers admitting to having it. Are teachers really still required, in the 21st century, to be models of perfect, marble-made fonts of knowledge and effectiveness? I have tutored a small number of dyslexic trainee teachers, but that was an exception to the norm. By […]

Dyslexia training programmes give valuable help



Dyslexia training programmes give valuable help

Dyslexia is characterised by extreme difficulty in learning to read, write and spell in spite of adequate intelligence. Even mildly dyslexic students experience school as stressful and unfulfilling from the day they enter school. With their learning needs unmet, most dyslexic students never go on to achieve their potential.

Life Story – The Day I Was Shamed in School



Life Story – The Day I Was Shamed in School

When Mr. Creech publicly shamed me for my dyslexia, I hated him, I hated school, and I hated reading. When I saw him again, years later, I think my response surprised us both. As a child, I wasn’t taught the importance of an education, let alone how to use an adjective. I lived in the […]

Student with dyslexia wins court action for Leaving Cert ‘reader’



Student with dyslexia wins court action for Leaving Cert ‘reader’

A Leaving Certificate student with dyslexia has won a High Court order overturning the State Examinations Commission’s refusal to give him an adult “reader” to help him understand the exam papers. Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said the decision of the Commission’s Independent Appeals Committee refusing the student’s application left him “none the wiser” about the […]

The challenges and hidden advantages of dyslexia



The challenges and hidden advantages of dyslexia

Dyslexia affects up to 15 per cent of the Australian population yet it remains under-diagnosed and misunderstood. In order to be granted learning provisions within the education system it needs to be classified as a disability. However, as Barbara Heggen reports, there are many who regard dyslexia as an advantage. School wasn’t a great experience […]

Does ‘dyslexia’ disable teachers?



Does ‘dyslexia’ disable teachers?

Two different versions of the questionnaires were used. In the first version both questionnaires talked about ‘dyslexia‘ and the second they talked about ‘reading difficulties’. A total of 146 teachers responded to the ‘dyslexia’ questionnaires and 121 responded to the ‘reading difficulties’ questionnaires. When Dr Gibbs analysed the results he found that the two different […]

Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study



Dyslexia not linked to eyesight, says study

Dyslexia is not linked to any problems with eyesight, say researchers. Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia. This raises doubts about the value of using coloured overlays or lenses to help dyslexic children […]