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Fun Colour Rush 5k – Meet TeamDyslexia

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After many years hiding my secret I’ve decided it’s time I ‘came out’.  You may know me as a photographer with a flare for writing, however, I am Dyslexic and have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs).

 

For years I was afraid to let anyone know in case they wouldn’t commission me to write again.  My disability means that I write v-e-r-y-s-l-o-w-l-y.

 

Once it might have taken me a whole day to write just one paragraph.  At university I only ever wrote one essay!  There was no help available.  It was a miserable, humiliating, bleak experience.  Now, with the aid of computers and assistive technology, although it doesn’t solve my problems, it does make it a lot easier.

 

What is Dyslexia?

 

Dyslexia is a simple term for a range of complex issues, usually of genetic origin.  About 10% of the population have SpLDs and no-one’s dyslexia is the same as the next person’s.  So, both my children are severely dyslexic but theirs is different to mine, even though it was inherited from me.

 

SpLDs include dyslexia, dyspraxia/DCD, ADHD & ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger’s Syndrome.  It’s very rare to have just one SpLD.  So my dyslexia is augmented with some dyspraxia (can’t play ball games), ADHD and Asperger’s, just for good measure.

 

Why I am part of TeamDyslexia

 

Both myself and my children have received tremendous support from The Dyslexia Association.  They are one of very few organisations that assess, support, teach and advise children, adults and families all over the UK who are struggling with SpLDs – but they are very short of funds and receive no government support.

 

I may have difficulty with writing, coordination, concentration and some social skills, but I’ve always been good at running – keeps me sane and, as a journalist / photographer, has come in very handy sometimes.

 

So, on 23 June I shall be taking part in the Fun Colour Rush 5k to support The Dyslexia Association.

 

How you can support TeamDyslexia

 

You can support TeamDyslexia by sponsoring us on our JustGiving page: https://tinyurl.com/y6c8nnzn

 

How we will use the funds raised

 

All money raised by participants in the Fun Colour Rush will be used to fund our free Helpline and advice services.

 

More information about the work we do to support people with dyslexia and those affected by it is available here https://www.dyslexia.uk.net/about-the-dyslexia-association/