Like me, 1 in 10 Australians have dyslexia – these Australians are the reason that I created the Dear Dyslexic Foundation.
Dyslexia and other learning disabilities can have a major impact on many areas of life. Struggles with reading, spelling and maths, can lead to disengagement and disconnection from education, struggles to find and keep a job and progress in their careers.
These sorts of disabilities are also often accompanied by significant mental health burdens. Rates of depression and anxiety are very high for people who have dyslexia and the rate of attempted suicide is 46 per cent higher than the rest of the population.
Something had to be done to put extra support in place for young people and adults who have dyslexia so that they can reach their full potential, just as other Australians do.
The statistics tell us very clearly that young people and adults who have dyslexia and other learning difficulties are not receiving the support they need to live healthy and productive lives.
I know this because I was one of those people. I was bullied in the workplace in my early career because of the difficulties I was experiencing due to dyslexia I didn’t even know I had. When I was finally diagnosed at the age of 27, it nearly pushed me over the edge and my world came tumbling down around me.
As adult in my late twenties how was I meant to pursue a career, be a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a contributor to society and be the best I could be when I had a learning disability? I couldn’t do the basic things other people could do so easily, to read and write! What type of life was I going to have?
I felt hopeless with nowhere to go to get the help and support I needed to get through those dark times.
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to get lots of care from my family and I was able to keep going. I have forged a career and become the strong and resilient person I am today.
But not everyone is as lucky as me, that’s why I have started the Dear Dyslexic Foundation. I remember how hard it was for me – I don’t want other people with dyslexia to face the fear and despair I felt when they are thinking about their options for study, work and life.
Through the Dear Dyslexic Foundation, we are working to help young people and adults with dyslexia and other learning difficulties get the support they need to be their best selves.
Your donation to the Dear Dyslexic Foundation can help us to achieve this important work.
With your support, we will continue our vital work in raising awareness of dyslexia to reduce the stigma that causes poor mental health and wellbeing. We will provide evidence-based assessments and most importantly ensure that the right supports are in place. So people are not left like I was, feeling that there was no hope, feeling ashamed and embarrassed.
So donate now and help us empower those with dyslexia to reach their full potential and live happier, healthier lives.