How much have perceptions about dyslexia changed?

Now I’m probably in danger of giving away my age here, but let’s just say it’s been almost two decades since I last sat in a high school classroom. I was never diagnosed with dyslexia at school, but witnessed how people that had been diagnosed were perceived. Being called thick and a dunce and sometimes even being bullied seemed to be part and parcel of a dyslexic diagnosis.

After speaking to more recent graduates than myself and because of the plethora of high profile dyslexics in the public eye. I was under the impression that things had started to change. For example every time I mention that I am dyslexic, people think I’m going to be a billionaire, “because Richard Branson is one”. So I was surprised to see this article in the Nottingham post.

Miss Nottingham 2014 Crown

Picture form: http://www.missengland.info/regionals/nottingham

Rebecca Drysdale is a beautiful, talented and intelligent girl. She is also Miss Nottingham and has a column in a Nottingham newspaper. In her latest article, she talks about her struggles with dyslexia. The thing that struck me most was that the perception of dyslexia still seems to be a negative one. Rebecca felt ashamed to talk about her diagnosis at school but now with more confidence and an unconditional offer to study Business and Marketing at university, Rebecca is now a proud dyslexic.

It would be great to hear your experiences and how people have responded when you have told them you are dyslexic.

Read the full article here.

For more news and views on dyslexia check out The Codpast, the Internets first Dyslexia Podcast. Listen Here

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