2020 Vision

The year 2020 still sounds like a science fiction, long-way-off date of the future, yet here we are. When Oswald Berkhan first identified dyslexia in 1881, I wonder whether he’d even dreamed of the dynamic developments in research, information and assistive technology that would be around almost 140 years on, or even that dyslexic peopleContinue reading “2020 Vision”

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Dyslexia: Its time has come

Creativity, problem solving, resilience: exactly the type of personal characteristics employers are looking for in an information-driven, post-industrial work environment. When detail and minutia become challenging, we take to the higher ground and see the bigger picture. Story telling becomes a way of life when simple facts and data are difficult to absorb. Abstract thinkingContinue reading “Dyslexia: Its time has come”

Dyslexia Friendly Storytelling

A couple of weeks ago, the BBC launched this year’s 500 Words competition. 500 Words is a writing competition for children between 5 and 13 years old. Each entrant submits one story of up to 500 words. The three winners in each age category win either their own height in books, the Duchess of Cornwall’sContinue reading “Dyslexia Friendly Storytelling”

Getting to Know Your Learning Strategies: Part I

  I was told I was dyslexic when I was around 6 in the early 1990s, and got extra tutoring for it, but it was believed then that dyslexia was merely a shortcoming in being able to read and write in my native language. Once I was able to do that, I was ‘cured’ –Continue reading “Getting to Know Your Learning Strategies: Part I”