I particularly enjoy working for the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre as a specialist assessor. I have worked in the field of dyslexia for over fifteen years first as a fundraiser and spokesperson. I then became involved in training, which I discovered was more enjoyable than fundraising and this led me to becoming a qualified dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor.
Some individuals struggle to come to terms with the diagnosis of dyslexia, just as I did initially. It is especially rewarding when I am able to bring my personal experience to help these newly diagnosed individuals appreciate that there are strategies that can be learned to compensate for the difficulties that dyslexia brings, when you learn how to use your strengths to overcome your difficulties life can take on a whole new perspective.
I feel as if my dyslexia has become a gift as I am now able to use my experience, knowledge and understanding to help those who would otherwise continue to have persistent difficulties with many aspects of their lives.