Dyslexia Action
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You are not alone

Hi I am 30 years old. I worked for a company for 10 years and despite my constant inaccurances and F ups i remained in the company. My VERY frustrated employer made a point of listing out my flaws on a daily basis but I remained employed as I designed all their marketing materials to a very high standard. I stayed because I didnt think I would get another job although I never got a pay rise and, looking back, I was very unhappy.

Clearly thoughout this time I constantly asked myself WHY I was like this!??!? I hated myself because noone was there to tell me to see someone or to tell me why I was (in my mind) stupid. I spent most days crying and feeling very alone. I knew it was not normal but I tucked it away in the back of my head and carried on messing up and ignoring the fundamental flaws until eventually I couldnt take it anymore. I bleamed colleagues for being touchy and being very patronising towards me as obviously they were aware of my shady work methods.

I felt like I had to get better. I had to have more qualifications I needed to constantly prove that I could be 'normal' and not stupid. Every year since leaving school I have ALWAYS worked a full time job and two part time courses. I didnt want to be stupid anymore. I spent most nights working late just to read work over and over and OVER agin until it was right but mistakes always came up. I volunteerd myself for redundancy about a year ago and moved away. Closing that part of my life off completely.

Since then I became a Marketing assistant for a pharmaceutical company as a temp (because of head count) shortly after I moved. I loved it! It ws a new start to me. No one knew my flawed past and no one was aware of my stupidity. I was very well liked and came across very intelegent and a great addition to the team. Not long after the initial training and to my horror flaws started to be obvious. After a while I discovered I may have dyslexia and being a believer that honesty was the best policy two months ago I explained to my boss that I had dyslexia in an attempt to explain flaws that I could not hide anymore. I regret doing this. I am a temp and therefore have no rights. I have been given two weeks to get better or I will be sacked.

1 in 10 people have dyslexia - You are not alone.

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I am sorry to hear that you having been having employment problems, you are deffinately not alone, but try and remember - there will always be light at the end of the tunnel if you are patient enough to work through the darkness first. Another favourite saying is -sometimes thing fall apart to allow better things to fall in place.


That's awful that you've had to experience that, employers have a right to support people with difficulties such as dyslexia. They should be able to accomodate your needs.


Thank you so much for your comment it is making me feel so much better that I am not alone. I have a meeting with my boss tomorrow to discuss my report with all the diagnose informarion. Had feedback today about spelling and grammer at least I can explain why I struggle. Complete understand about feeling stupid and having your errora told to you everyday. My memory is one area I am really weak in and this was confirmed.in my investigation as part as my dyslexia. How it you work support you? Did they handle it well? :)


i can understand were u are coming from i have been working for a company for 5 yrs and it is only now that i have told them i suffered from dyslexia as i was having problems expressing myself by i new what i wanted to say but it comes out different to the way i want to say things as it was getting me down all the time .


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