Having trouble reading and writing doesn’t mean you will have trouble succeeding. People with dyslexia have excelled in all walks of life, from treading the boards to theoretical physics. It is a common trait among those best described as Britain’s business super-powers, from Alan Sugar to Richard Branson. So, far from being a hindrance, can […]
As well as offering Alternative Format information, what can you do to make your print materials easier for dyslexic students to read? The Dyslexia Association’ produce some excellent tips on creating dyslexia friendly print materials which are available from the BDA website :
By VICTORIA SEIKETSO SETHIBE Dyslexia is defined as a learning disability that makes it difficult for a person to decode (read), encode (spell) and comprehend words (Sandman-Hurley, 2016). In that way, dyslexic people experience challenges writing sentences and comprehensive paragraphs. Unfortunately, dyslexia has is still misunderstood by quite a number of people even up to […]
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer Plucky twelve-year-old Foster McFee is not going to let her inability to read keep her from reaching her goal of having her own television cooking show. In fact, her ambitions engage everyone around her, including an unlikely reading tutor who forces her to confront the vulnerability she is trying […]
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 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.
Susan Peacock, from Liverpool, has written a heartbreaking letter to the British Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan about the distress that sitting SATs tests has caused her dyslexic son. She says he has struggled to cope with the requirements and has suffered an erosion of self worth. See what she wrote after the cut..
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 […]
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 […]
Health Matters: Understanding Dyslexia Pt.2