I am a 38 year old woman, who although had been advised by my infant teacher in my 1st primary school I have dyslexia and was reffered for extra one-to-one lessons etc with an educational specialist. This is the only time I had any real support, after leaving this school I was pretty much on my own and have been all these years apart from the help and support of my family and some friends.
I have had a number of jobs, some of which I had difficulties others I received all the help and support I needed, but have never actually received a formal assessment to find out which form or form's of dyslexia related conditions I have.
Recently at work I have been under a lot of pressure, as i have too many tasks to do which has led to me breaking down in front of one of my colleagues. She was very supportive, and told my boss who came over to me and said "I believe you are upset", and asked why I am upset. Although I now have another colleague helping with the tasks we are both barely coping with everything, he is not as the Occupational Health Dr who did my Occupational Health screening "an affected person" so he can do things quicker than me, but also finds it hard to get done every task we are asked to do.
I have been told that getting stressed is a characteristic of a dyslexic, which I can understand after going through it myself but HR are surprised to hear I am stressed out. My bosses are all too aware of this and that's why the other colleague has taken on some of my tasks.
I have to make a decision as to whether to have the assessment or to advise them some ways they can help me so they can make as they say "Reasonal Adjustments" for me in the workplace. If anyone has any advice for me reply to my blog.
Thank you for reading my 1st ever blog, but I needed to let off a bit of steam as I have kept things bottled up for years and years.