For me, the last ten years have been about a personal dyslexia awareness campaign. I have been trying to understand the differences between my basic set of abilities and the basic abilities of the majority non-dyslexic population. I have been trying to figure out methods of doing things that work for me - rather than copying the way non-dyslexics do things. I have been trying to become more aware of and to value what I am.
From time to time I notice people arriving at this blog having searched for information on "Dyslexia Glasses", "Dyslexia Overlays", "Dyslexia Exercises" and the like. And from time to time I get people posting comments here, which are in fact adverts for various systems designed to 'cure' dyslexia.
So on dyslexia awareness week, I'd like a chance to say that in my opinion:
- Dyslexia is not a disease.
- Dyslexia is a difference not a disability.
- Dyslexia gifts advantages that can be enjoyed.
- Many techniques are available to help dyslexics overcome their areas of disadvantage.
- Don't believe anyone who claims to have "the answer" because there are many.
- Please don't end up paying anyone a heap of cash to 'cure' your child.
- And if anyone posts a comment below, which gives a link to their website offering help with overlays, coloured glasses, exercise programs or any other system or program, please don't take it as a recommendation from me.
I sound SO grumpy today, don't I. :-)
If you want to hear me this afternoon, tune in to BBC Radio Leicester, where I'll be interviewed just after 3pm. I'm not that grumpy. Promise.