What's it like being dyslexic? What sort of difficulties do dyslexics experience?
Follow the story of a typical dyslexic and find out how he learns to cope.
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Government figures have estimated that one in ten people are dyslexic.
Recognition of dyslexia and how to help dyslexics still plays little or no part of teacher training. It is discretionary for schools to provide any inservice training.
In the last 10 years nearly half a million children have left primary school unable to read and write.
The test for dyslexia that is demanded by universities and exam boards is given by an educational psychologist. It can take several hours and cost hundreds of pounds.
Research by Dyslexia Action in 2004 found 52% of prisoners had literacy difficulties and 20% of them were dyslexic.
Many dyslexics have difficulty with memory, especially recalling words or instructions.
Dyslexics are slower at getting their thoughts down in writing. For this reason they can be given 25% extra time to complete national exams.
Dyslexia can run in families and be passed on in genes.
Some dyslexics find it easier to read text that is on a coloured background. Black text on white can seem to glare, making it difficult to focus on the words.
Visual dyslexia can cause someone to instantly forget what they have just read. When copying they will forget by the time they look back down to their work.
Dyslexia is often called a specific learning difficulty.
"The comic book explanation of how it feels to be dyslexic is superb, making children realise that dyslexia is not their fault nor related to the potential to do well in life after school."
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"lol so true just...like me :("
"I'm happy to be dyslexic even though it's really hard sometimes but I wouldn't trade it for anything."
"This is all true i have dislexia i cant read write spell or anythink."
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