The Dyspraxia Community
'Hope In Darkness' concluded with the words, ‘In darkness there is always light, there is always hope’. I like to think in our most difficult of times there is always at least one person willing to listen, wanting to understand. Since being diagnosed with Dyspraxia at the age of eighteen I have received overwhelming support from family, friends and the community. In this article I hope to show there is someone there to help, because they helped me.
‘Dyspraxia Foundation UK’ is an amazing charity, helping improve the lives of those with Dyspraxia but also provide support to loved ones. I cannot thank them enough for the guidance and encouragement they have given me.
‘Dyspraxia Foundation UK’ is only one example. There has been an increase in the number of charities around the globe who are attempting to break the silences and taboos over our condition. Their work has been extremely important, for instance gaining media coverage for Dyspraxia from news and radio channels to television series such as Tree Fu Tom, a BBC series with a hero with Dyspraxia and special powers.
I have also turned to supporters in the past, those who attempt to educate others about Dyspraxia through their body of work. This can come in many forms from websites, textbook guides and picturebooks hoping to challenge the stereotypes and myths often associated with learning conditions such as our own.
There are many examples of excellent examples, including:
› Adele Devine’s Literary For Visual Learners, which is a guide offering approaches to teaching reading, writing and communication skills that support visual learners and those with specific learning conditions. Adele Devine is a special needs teacher at a school for young people with severe learning difficulties and Autism in Surrey.
› Jane Binnion’s You’re So Clumsy Charley, which is a cartoon-style book following the daily challenges of Charley, a young boy with Dyspraxia. The author Jane Binnion, who herself has been diagnosed with Dyspraxia, notes ‘The book is about dyspraxia...but we chose not to name it in the story because this book is for every child that is different.’
I have often found myself reading such guides to provide me with additional strategies to overcome any obstacles my Dyspraxia poses. When I was revising for my university English Literature examinations I found it challenging to retain critical theory and textual quotes. I followed the advice of using visual aids to help enhance my memory skills, for instance creating colourful revision posters.
I am pleased to say I have been extremely inspired by those individuals with Dyspraxia who achieve their dreams and ambitions in spite of their specific learning conditions. They and their loves one are true fighters.
Some of these fighters, like me, have set up writing blogs and pages to share their own experiences of Dyspraxia. The following are links to some of their brilliant pages:
› Mikey’s Wish – Verbal Dyspraxia Awareness
› Natalie Williams’ The Blog With (More Than) One Post
› Rosie’s Thinking Out Of The Box
This is only a short list, and there are hundreds of other incredible individuals proving they can be fantastic as well as having Dyspraxia. Dyspraxia does not have to define them. Together we are not fighting this battle alone, but we are united as a strong community.
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The intention of this article is to show there are many people who are willing to support, listen and inspire others going through dark times. The foundations, the supporters and the fighters have helped me tremendously and prove ‘The Dyspraxia Community’ is made up of wonderful individuals.