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It’s estimated that 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia and it often goes hand in hand with other invisible challenges. People can often feel unsupported and unwanted, so this year for National Dyslexia Week we are focusing on Invisible Dyslexia with the importance of mental health, increased visibility of underrepresented groups, and raise serious issues of dyslexia being overlooked within education and in the workplace.
Dyslexia is a learning difference which primarily affects reading and writing skills; characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. It can occur across the range of intellectual abilities and the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well-founded intervention.
As part of the dyslexia community, our newest team member Ella Holdsworth wanted to share her story on how dyslexia has impacted her life over the years, but also how PSR have supported her since joining the team in August 2021. Ella is currently working as an Office Administrator in our Head Office in Stafford, as part of her Business Administration Apprenticeship.
Speaking openly how dyslexia has made her feel over the years she said:
“Sometimes it make me feel very isolated and dumb for not being able to keep up with others. Despite knowing or understanding the work in my head, my ability to express this to others on paper or verbally makes it very difficult to prove. It can also be very dissharting having to work so much harder in school only to achieve what others bare minimal effect is.
It can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. Being Diagnosed at a very young age I was very lucky to go to a spelusist school part time growing up to help my basic reading and writing, my speech and find alternative ways of helping me learn, however I know this isn’t the case or many as they’re labelled as just being ‘slow’ and not getting the support they actually need.
Once in high school I did only have support in my exams with 25% extra time, My own room with a Reader which was amazing. Teachers were very understanding as they saw how hard I was working by staying after school to finish my work or coming in on my lunch, my grades were all very average passes with one B and A in my creactive subjects but I was still so proud of myself because I know I deserved them.
PSR have been very patient and understanding, by letting me find my own feet and way of doing the job, its helping me be more confortande in getting the job done. I was worried before I started as it’s my first job but they’ve made me feel very welcome and have been so understanding.”
PSR Solutions are purpose driven and we interview, and employ based on our values and cultures. We have the expertise and training methods to support our team, with training plans that suit the individual. We are always expanding our team, and with offices located nationwide, we may have a role that is perfect for you. Get in touch with us at email@example.com or by calling our Head Office on 01785 715505 and we’ll be in contact with you to discuss any potential opportunities in more detail.