‘Sufferers of dyslexia are at a disadvantage’
Student wants to ensure people receive proper support
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
When teachers explain things to
me with drawings, I can
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