Hello my name's Rosie im 25 and I work as a teaching assistant in a primary school. Some of you might know me from twitter @marvelousmollie as I do quite a lot of tweets to support Dyslexia Action on there. I'd love to work for the charity one day as it's something I'm really passionate about and the people who work there seem really lovely understanding people.
I was diagnosed with dyspraxia when I was 4 but also have a lot of dyslexic traits too. When I was growing up I didn't know anybody who had any difficulties. I remember when I was doing my a-levels and I was the only person who had extra time and everybody was staring at me as they left the exam room. This and people not being very understanding lead to me being scared of being open towards people. Ive found that a lot of people don't understand the full implecations of the condition. As an adult my main difficulties are memory organisation and getting my ideas onto paper. Some days I come home from work exhausted because Ive constantly been trying to remember things. Im hopeless at remembering anything numerical epecially dates and codes or times. Every morning at work I have to get my phone out to remember what the code is and Im forever asking my boyfriend what times my trains are even though he may have just told me 5 minuites earlier. Although I have an amazing long term memory I can visulise things which happened years ago and quote conversations which happened years ago. Also when im writing I can visualise what I want to write but can never find the right words to say. I often miss random words and letters out when I write things.
When I was at university I had a really bad experience, I got made to drop qualified teacher status because the lectures werent understanding towards my neeeds. I got told I was an adult now and that I had to make up my own coping startiegys. This lead to me developing very low self esteem and confidence. But also it made me more determined to help spread awareness and that nobody should go through the same esperience which I did.
I think in the adult word of work people expect you to have overcome all the difficutlies you may have had growing up. For the majority of people this can be true in some ways with intervention their reading and writing may have improved considerably. But no matter what coping stratiegies someone may have you will always have good days and bad days where everything goes to pot and employers need to realise this. I wish I could have the confidence to tell employers about my difficulties all be it that they aren't half as bad as they used to be. But the same fear always comes back that what if people aren't understanding.
This is why I think your sticks and stones campaign and your teacher training campaign are vital in making sure people get the right support and understanding they deserve and the positive aspects of dyslexia are celebrated as much as the things people find difficult.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this sorry if some of it doesn't make sense.