This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland and we’re delighted to welcome to the blog two Young Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland, who work to encourage and enable people with dyslexia to reach their potential. Welcome Yasmine and Eilidh!
I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 7 and reading has always been challenging, and still causes me difficulty. However, I have managed to find some ways around this which help me to still enjoy books, either by audio, reading with my family and text-to-speech technology.
I always avoided picking up a book in class at school in case I was asked to read out loud, however finding Barrington Stoke books really helped boost my confidence in my reading abilities. The first book I managed to read totally on my own without any help was, Brace Mouth, False Teeth by Sita Brahmachari. I really enjoyed this book and for the first time ever, realised that reading could be fun and transfer you into the story.
Dyslexia Awareness Week is about letting everyone who has dyslexia know that they are not alone and help and advice is always available – never give up, its not always easy but you will get there and once you do, you’ll be so proud of your achievements!
To most people dyslexia means that the individual has a harder time with reading and writing and they may struggle to understand written language and written instructions. They mix up their letters and numbers. They struggle to organise themselves sometimes and they need some extra help. To me I feel individuals with dyslexia are so much more than just their label. They can think outside the box in ways that people without dyslexia can’t. They may struggle with reading or writing but they have so many other skills and they have creative minds.
Through my Young Ambassador role at Dyslexia Scotland I feel now that I can educate people about dyslexia and help others feel good about having dyslexia. I think that dyslexia is an important thing to talk about and it helps people realise that it can affect a lot of people but not many people talk about it. I think it is also important that people don’t try to ‘fix’ us as we are not broken we’re just different, but different is good! For me, realising that I may never be able to do my times tables but I can take good pictures of red squirrels is enough for me. Focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do and to anyone who has dyslexia, I want you to know that you are special and different but for all the right reasons.
Thank you so much to our Young Ambassadors, Yasmine and Eilidh, for stopping by the Barrington Stoke blog! You can find out more about the work of Dyslexia Scotland and the Young Ambassadors on the Dyslexia Unwrapped website.