‘Suf­fer­ers of dys­lexia are at a dis­ad­van­tage’

Stu­dent wants to en­sure peo­ple re­ceive proper support

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YOUNG woman with dys­lexia is de­ter­mined to change how suf­fer­ers are treated.

Dr Chal­loner’s High School year 13 stu­dent Jo Craw­ford has re­cently been ap­pointed a young am­bas­sador for the Bri­tish Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion.

Jo, of Schol­ars Way, in Amer­sham, has cre­ated a doc­u­men­tary show­ing that dys­lexia suf­fer­ers are at a dis­ad­van­tage in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

In her new role as a young per­son’s am­bas­sador, she will be sup­port­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about the learn­ing dif­fi­culty disorder.

The 17-year-old, who is study­ing English lit­er­a­ture, bi­ol­ogy and re­li­gious stud­ies for A-level, said: “Through school, peo­ple have called me stupid but it is just that peo­ple with dys­lexia have way of learn­ing.

“It is not fair – it needs to be recog­nised and taken se­ri­ously. It is im­por­tant that peo­ple re­ceive the support that they need.”

The Bri­tish Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion will put Jo’s film – which ex­plains what dys­lexia is and how it af­fects peo­ple, fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with re­lated pro­fes­sion­als – on its web­site.

Jo said: “I was told that I would fail my maths GCSE, but I got a tu­tor and I got an A*.

“Peo­ple with dys­lexia just have another way of learn­ing.

“When teach­ers ex­plain things to me with draw­ings, I

another

When teach­ers ex­plain things to

me with draw­ings, I can

un­der­stand”

can un­der­stand. I had a teacher who un­der­stood how I work and used my dys­lexia to help me.”

Jo thinks that teach­ers should have more train­ing on how to deal with stu­dents who have dys­lexia.

She said: “Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent. For me, I don’t find it dif­fi­cult to read books, but I find it dif­fi­cult to read out loud.

“I know that some­times in lessons I don’t un­der­stand things, but when teach­ers go over things after, it re­ally helps me.

“I want to help spread the word about my video and the ob­vi­ous case that the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem needs to be changed for the bet­ter, in or­der to help dyslex­ics reach their po­ten­tial in school.”

You can see Jo’s video at www.get­bucks.co.uk.

SUPPORT: Dr Chal­loner’s stu­dent Jo Craw­ford

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