Some of you may know (I dont half hark on about it, do i?) but I am Dyslexic. Some of you may also know, that I am an actress too. I have also been described as "strange" "film fanatic" "ginger" ""odd" "peculiar" - and my favourite: "like a walking time out".
Although Dyslexia is part of me; it does not define who I am.
I also do not let it limit me from pursuing my career. Once you find ways of copying and managing your dyslexia you realise it no longer needs to be a barreier to success, it can actually help you secure the path you want to take. When Harnessed Dyslexics can acheive great, great things - did you know that 40% of self made millionaries are Dyslexic?
I was delighted when the BDA asked if I would tell my story, my experience with the learning difficulty at their #Dyslexiacreates event amongst an array of other professionals. Not only was it a delight to be speaking at the wonderful V&A museum (best museum EVER), but I was in the company of a selection of other dyslexics - all of whom were different in their disciplines, but held a similarity in being supremely talented and excelling within their chosen careers. (A PHD holder, a musician, a choreographer, a dancer, an architect AND a composer).
Having such a variety it speakers proved only further that this ‘disability’ does not have to stop you from achieving your goals. Once one finds coping mechanisms and ‘hacks’; ways of harnessing their Dyslexia and finding what works for THEM (yes even if its doing strange memory techniques 🎎 or reading with coloured glasses 🤓✌🏻), there is no reason for it to limit you.
Dyslexia is a difference, not a disorder. Dyslexia is an alteration, not an achilles heel. Dyslexia is a benefit, not a barrier. Lets get people, teachers, governments, companies, businesses, family, friends, neighbours CLUED UP on this, to CHANGE their systems, teachings and approaches to SUPPORT every type of learner in the room.