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Having Dyslexia is a new thing for me. I was diagnosed at 24, two months before finishing my Masters in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art. So all throughout my education, from GCSE’s to writing my thesis for my Masters, I have battled with dyslexia without any extra help. There can be a stigma attached to dyslexia that brands it as a solely negative thing to have, it is referred to as a “learning difficulty”. This was the reason why I did not get tested earlier.
All of this helps to form the basis of why I want to be a creative mentor. Dyslexia may make reading and writing harder but there are strategies that you can employ to help you cope with those tasks. There are also other ways of looking at the world and communicating your ideas about it. Exploring these avenues can be hugely rewarding. Art is an expressive and beautiful platform and the chance to excite children with the possibility of expressing thoughts and finding a voice with which to do it is for me a thrilling prospect.
Royal College of Art, 2013, Printmaking