Being diagnosed dyslexia in the mid-90s was definitely an experience, I was diagnosed with it when I was nine years old. My parents spent a lot of time arguing with the school and even having me assessed privately. Over time I learnt to understand my dyslexia and understand how my difficulties and my strengths affected my everyday life.
I’ve always classed myself as severe dyslexic with dyspraxia and tendencies of ADHD and ASD. I’m only 33 but still have a reading age of a nine-year-old and spelling age an eight-year-old.
When I look back to those days when I first found out I was dyslexic, computers were just starting to be used in schools and were just beginning to be used in the home, mobile phones were large and all that you could do it on it was make calls! If I’d been growing up as severely dyslexic now the advances in the digital age could have really helped me achieve even more than I have.
Without the use of Assistive Technology, I could not do my everyday job. Using Assistive technology to support students and adults in most settings especially in the school or work can really change people’s lives.
If we look at the development of technology over time, having laptops with a colour screen was unheard of back in the early 90s. There was a program that did speech to text but if you didn’t say the word correctly it definitely wouldn’t have worked. Now we can dictate into our phones and to our computer, we also have digital assistance telling is what is going on in the day just by asking a question.
The advances of technology have really changed people with dyslexia’s lives. This one of the main benefits of technology as it helps to creates an independent learner and allows dyslexic individuals to be on a level playing field with their own peers.
It’s all about creating an independent learner and ensuring that we can succeed in supporting every dyslexic person.