At PeopleScout in the UK we are talking about disability in employment through the month of March and I was happy to offer support in sharing my experience of Dyslexia.
It’s something that really impacted my early years in school; struggling in class, misbehaving and easily distracted, and eventually leading to me exiting education at just 16. I just didn’t get school.
I was informally diagnosed by teachers at around 6 years old, because I could write from the wrong side of my school books, from right to left on the page, with letters around the wrong way… (check out the great poem linked to my share!).
I believe most of the personal success I have enjoyed is because of my dyslexia. I tend to look at this sometimes unnecessarily complex world through the simplest of lenses; it makes me a good problem-solver and I almost always add a different perspective than the rest of the group.
People suggest there is a stigma attached to dyslexia, and although I can understand how it creates lots of confidence issues, speaking openly about it has almost always resulted in a positive and helpful response from colleagues. I have been overwhelmed with support from sharing this story internally at PeopleScout.
It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK are dyslexic, so on the balance of probability, hopefully around 150 of my LinkedIn connections have just found a new reason to talk to me!
About 10% of the UK population are dyslexic (4% severely so)