Recently, I carried out some research on the effects on parents when their child is assessed as having dyslexia. As someone who works primarily with adults with dyslexia, I was interested to find out more about diagnosing dyslexia at an early stage. The research was a dissertation at the end of a masters degree, at the University of Birmingham, and like my colleague, Sue Partridge, I now find myself with new letters to add after my name.
Sadly, the results of the research did not fill me with glee: they point to a system that is failing children and their parents. The recently published report by Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Still Matters (see the Dyslexia Action website for the report), further backs up the research.
What are we doing as a society who consistently seems to fail our children and their parents? As an adult specialist, I often find myself picking up the pieces where people have been disregarded, ignored or labelled as just thick or lazy. The research that I carried out demonstrates that the system doesn’t seem to be improving as one would expect in an age of inclusivity and equality.
If you haven’t already, please sign the petition to make it essential for teachers to have training for dyslexia. See: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20674 [now closed!]
In the meantime, let’s make sure that we fight for the rights of our children with dyslexia, who will become adults with dyslexia.
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