|I am a fab one in ten dyslexic|
That's why I, and my organization Dyslexia Pathways CIC, say the #dyslexia is a difference that reflects diversity and not dyslexia is a condition that disables us.
The negative medical discrepancy model has also resulted in:
Over 50% of people in our prisons are dyslexic
Dyslexics are 6 times more likely to be long term unemployed than non dyslexics
Only 19% of dyslexic adults were actually assessed as dyslexic while at school
Many of us leave school with long term mental health issues, poor self confidence and low self esteem because of our negative experiences in education
This is not acceptable and cannot continue.
We ourselves have to change how we think and talk about
All the medical discrepancy model has done is isolated and marginalized many of us. Its created a negative medical discrepancy model stereotype around dyslexics that disables us in our own eyes and in the eyes of society. It is a model that has been imposed upon us by society.
We need to challenge it and fight for change because if we don't future generations of dyslexic kids will continue to be failed. Of course some positive change is happening. However, it is far to slow and we have had to fight for that change every step of the way
We need to celebrate and recognize dyslexic culture and all that dyslexics have achieved across all areas of society.
That's why my social enterprise Dyslexia Pathways CIC supports and promotes the social model of dyslexia and social enterprise model. It is a more positive and inclusive way forward.
A model that celebrates and embraces dyslexia and recognizes our diversity, neuro diversity and difference. One that does not try to turn us into copies of non dyslexics.
More importantly its a model created by dyslexics for dyslexics.
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thanks for reading
Peace love and groovyness
Steve McCue Founder of Dyslexia Pathways Community Interest Company
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