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Is Dyslexia A DisAbility?

Labour MP Graham Stringer recently released his opinion that dyslexia is a myth invented by education chiefs to cover up poor teaching methods. He was, understandably, heavily criticised by dyslexia charities. When I first heard the news, I planned to write a rant about how he was talking rubbish. But then I discovered that my friends at mainstream blog Liberal Conspiracy had taken the post straight out of my mind. Unity’s excellent essay sparked a debate with another mainstream blogger, Letters From A Tory. So I decided to cross-post their whole debate here at this blog. This page  has been created so I could list the links to these cross-posts all in one place, because this debate has kept the ‘Same’ in ‘Same Difference.’

Unity– DisAbility

Letters From A Tory’s Reply– Myth

John Rack at CIF- DisAbility I have not cross-posted this as I don’t want to break any CIF rules but have linked it instead.

Unity’s Reply to LFAT: DisAbility

Rod Duncan: DisAbility

AA Gill: DisAbility

Boy, 9, in Northern Ireland: DisAbility

Dyslexia Action: DisAbility

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  1. tayquana leigh permalink
    July 7, 2009 7:56 pm

    are you able to get money benefits for being dyslexic? please write back its a important questions!

    • lisa permalink
      November 28, 2011 5:10 am

      You are able to get benefit money such as Disability Living Allowance and Income Support as long as the Dyslexia is severe enough to be considered as a disability (e.g affects your mobility or care), or prevents you from being able to work. I have Dyspraxia which is very similar to Dyslexia and I get both of these benefits, and although I often don’t get support off any services as its a ‘hidden’ condition that doctors cant even pick up on I was told by a private psychologist who assessed me that I have a ‘disorder’ and Im eligible for Ring&Ride along with anyone with mobility issues. I also don’t have to have interviews with the job centre as its long term

      • maria gill permalink
        March 15, 2014 6:18 pm

        I know a lot about dyslexia it’s a learning difficulty not a disability also you will not get dla for this.

      • Paula armstrong permalink
        March 19, 2014 2:29 pm

        My son is sixteen he could never go into a mainstream school as he can’t read and write and he would get aggatitated and anxious which have gave him behaviour problems he can work with groups of people it as to be 1onl he got into college this year but was threw out because he came a danger to hiself and to others not because he was messing about he couldn’t handle been in a big group he went to a special school skill centre he wasn’t doing good at all he needed one on one but they didn’t get him ready for college so he was set up to fail

      • June 3, 2015 1:09 pm

        Dyslexia is a disability whether you are affected severely or not. It is classed as cognitive disorder too, as cognitively, you are impaired.

        Maria Gill, you are wrong. It is a disability because IQ is not affected. It can be low IQ, but as long as your IQ is above 70, it is normal IQ. Anything of 70 and under is a learning disability, as IQ is affected. Try to learn your facts before making ignorant and dangerous comments. I am a psychologist, who has dyslexia and dyscalculia, and both are disabilities. I am not working at the moment as I am not fit for work due to health problems, but I get PIP and part of that is due to dyslexia and dyscalculia.

      • June 3, 2015 1:16 pm

        Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.
        An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment.

    • May 9, 2012 5:57 pm


      • florrie webster permalink
        May 5, 2015 7:47 pm

        you can ask the school to get the sens team to assess your daughter. my daughter has been diagnosed with dyslexia and is taught in a different way. she gets extra time and help. you can go to the dyslexia institute who can do a full detailed report, you have to pay for that . it is very good ,and very clever people can have this condition.

    • Ben Low permalink
      October 24, 2013 3:13 pm

      No you dont im dyspraxic and i dont get money

      • DyspraxicLady permalink
        July 9, 2014 7:43 pm

        Dyspraxia is pretty varied. I just need extra time for written and typed tasks and fall on my face more than the average person, but I hold down my (mostly talking based) job with no problems, and can generally walk to work without incident. Some people, like Lisa, have more severe problems, and have trouble finding a job that it’s physically possible for them to do or getting around. So she gets DLA etc, but we don’t.

        Dyslexia rarely comes with mobility issues, or problems with overall processing unless there’s something else going on, so it’s much less likely that someone will get DLA for it

    • Sylvia Jurado martin permalink
      March 28, 2014 8:59 am

      Please let me know if i have a. Disable. As a child no matter how hard or try timetables i could never do i try so hard to learn them my teacher or myself would word try learning time table get it right i would never get timetable to stay in my head i would always forget the asnwer right. Not even if i was told the anwer i could never remerber the answer now as am older auldt 53year all my year try so hard to learn them still could i try to work around money cash register i could do it. My guestion i. Been told by a socil worker that i my have adisablety i need to have someone check into that is it to late for me to see if i have adisablety. Or to see if that case and if i have disabley is it to let for me to get socil serciuty aswer please help

      • DyspraxicLady permalink
        July 9, 2014 7:30 pm

        It’s not too late. Your local NHS should have a community team for learning disabilities, and they may be able to test you. Usually the best way to see them is to talk to your GP.

        Otherwise, there are psychologists and occupational therapists who do testing privately, but this can be expensive.

      • June 3, 2015 1:18 pm

        What you are describing is dyscalculia. An inability to calculate numbers in your head, but it also encompasses other maths problems.

        Although you can be dyslexic and have a maths problem, yours sounds more like dyscalculia and I can sympathise with you, as I have dyslexia and dyscalculia.

    • thomas winchester permalink
      October 16, 2014 1:10 am

      no thay think dyslexia is not a disability

      • Thomas R Winchester permalink
        January 17, 2015 8:48 am


    • TraineeEdPsych permalink
      April 1, 2015 10:14 am

      For transparency, I am going to qualify in a few months as an Educational Psychologist. Last year, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. My Dyslexia doesn’t my everyday life, just Doctorate level academic writing. You cannot claim benefits for Dyslexia. However, if the person with Dyslexia is in education they can apply for funding for supports e.g. proofreader. But they aren’t just handed money, the money has to be justified by a needs assessment and the money can only be spent on that support. Dyslexia is NOTHING like Dyspraxia (now known as DCD). The only similarity the two conditions have as they are both on a a spectrum – e.g. my Dyslexia doesn’t affect my everyday life but for other people with Dyslexia may struggle with things I don’t.

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    July 8, 2009 1:06 am

    I don’t know about benefits. I do know that if you’re at university, you can get something called Disabled Student’s Allowance for dyslexia.

  3. JAMES permalink
    July 16, 2009 11:47 pm

    Dyslexia is a physical and a social disability.

    Typically we do have permanent reading and writting difficulties and other processing dificulties. That’s the physical disability.

    Typically society is controlled by literate graduates and they impose things like a lteracy based curriculum rather than allowing an audio/aural based curriculum. That’s the social disability.

    • June 3, 2015 1:26 pm

      NO, dyslexia is a cognitive impairment, a learning disability. Nothing to do with ‘physical,’ as you put it. Dyslexia is not just about having reading, writing and spelling difficulties. It is also about having short-term memory deficits, slow processing speed, impaired phonological loop, logical reasoning, analytic, problems, being colour blind, disorganised, poor time keeping, logical ordering, confusing words like ‘bare’ and ‘bear’, as they have the same phonic sound, (phonological loop impairment) and much more.

  4. natalie permalink
    August 9, 2009 12:26 am

    hi i heard about your sight through a very close family memer i have cp,had it scencei was 1 .iwas dropped on my head ,my head got caved in and had it ever in my right hand and leg too .i have real bad spasms now and i have bleard vision now too i can go out side for a little but not for long due to it messes with my eyes.pretty soon i well need a scoter due toi cant walk that great any more and i fall a lot too know but what i thought wa strange my doctor does not want me to have a scooter he wants me to keep on walking .well what he does not now is now i due not havemuscules orvery littleligament in my left hip

    • Jane Johnson permalink
      March 9, 2015 10:17 am

      Maybe your doctor wants you to walk because your muscles will become even weaker if you start to use an electric scooter regularly, which will become even more of a handicap. If you can learn to walk with a stick, and wear head protection for the problem of falling, you will do better to keep walking for as long as possible. It affects digestion, elimination and circulation, too.

  5. August 31, 2009 1:31 pm

    In the uk dyslexia is a disability by law, you cant get benefit to keep yourself out of work. Because dyslexia does not stop you from working.

    You can get dyslexia allowance for support equipment in education around 3000 in senior school and 4000 pounds at university.

    Steven Milner
    Social network for dyslexia

    • ashley permalink
      May 19, 2010 10:57 am

      hi can i get disability allownce for my child having dislexier thanks

  6. gary turner permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:14 pm

    i have dyslexia and i lost my job in august this year and since then i can not get a job as i can not read to well and spell and i have problems with maths so wen i go to a job interwiew and have to fill in forms i just freez most of the time my girlfriend has to come with me so she can help me so that means draging my 2y old son out with us i can not read books as i read one lineand then start reading the next line under that one ect ect

    • deborah permalink
      September 26, 2011 7:24 pm

      you can go onto google and type in natural reader and its a weebsite that can read stff out to you on line or you can down load it all you do when got it open is highlight what you want to read and it reads it for you but if you do it online just cope and paste when you want it to read. or you can down load my study tool bar and it can help you also and you get a ruler tool to keep you line and lots other suff. they are free progrmms.

  7. Sheila permalink
    January 24, 2010 6:40 am

    Gary, many men have that problem. A man that I dated for three years did absolutely nothing for himself as far as taking the time to read, fill out, comprehend, And as far as I know he didn’t have dyslexia. So don’t let that be a major concern. But still do your part in correcting or making the issue bearable.

  8. March 2, 2010 5:55 pm

    Dyslexia can be disabling, especially in particular work environments. Nevertheless, if I can work in a quiet, non-distracting environment I can work far better than the average person and can excel if I play to my strengths.

    I believe it falls under the disability discrimination act. An employer, school, college, uni should make reasonable adjustments in the UK.

    Visit our dyslexic international community

  9. Brenda Ellis permalink
    May 6, 2010 1:34 pm

    See website Right to Write. Dyslexia comes under DDA most definitely.

  10. rosa permalink
    June 11, 2010 8:10 pm

    this might offend a lot of people but I dont think dyslexia is a disability.
    I have dyspraxia which is basically from the family of dyslexia and means I have dificulty with sport.
    up until a year ago I attended a school focusing mainly on learning difficulties such as Dyslexia , Dyspraxia etc. and to be honest none of the people I met there are what I would describe as having a disability.
    My definition of a disability is something that colours every area of your life .
    The children I met at that school were wonderful and I miss them very much.
    To them and me , it wasnt a disability, it was what made them them really.
    You may say the government defines it as a disability. well thats all fine and good for the government but who are they to tell me what I am and am not? What any of my friends are and are not?
    Dyslexia , Dyspraxia , Dyscalculia etc. are what I and I think everyone there would term as a learning difficulty.
    now this may cause some controversy as people might think are you ashamed at being labelled as having a disability?
    no I’m not . If I had one I would be proud. But as it is I have dyspraxia and I do not want millions of children labelled as something they are not.
    I honestly would be proud. I sound really nasty in this . But I believe that what I’m saying here applies to the people at my old school and me.
    And I am so so proud to have Dyspraxia.

    • ZedDragon permalink
      March 30, 2013 7:07 pm

      Dyslexia ect, fall under government guidelines of what can be defined as a disability, but that does not make instantly define someone with dyslexia as disabled. The question is generally put ‘do YOU feel you have a disability under the act’, so you are totally in your rights to say that you don’t think you do. It falls under the definition because it can affect your ability to do things (including work) as people without would be able to.

    • sharron permalink
      April 11, 2013 1:57 pm

      Rosa, who are you to judge? I have support and all the softwear to help me with dislexia, but it goes further than reading and writing, like shopping. Reading labels. Bus times, Work times, directions, moving is a complete nightmare. I have no bearings at all, even though I try to keep to the same route, but if it snows or rains I am completely lost and muddle left and right. I have gone to collect things, before sat nav, and ended up taking 10 hours to do a half hour run! due to getting left and right mixed up and not reading road signs quick enough. I know the warning ones but its the names of places, I cant read fast enough and take the wrong road.
      Going for a walk I can get lost! Then I start to panic, it is like have my brain wired wrong and yet other people who do not have dislexic do not understand as I look and move ok! but my brain is doing something else.
      My dislexica also effects hearing, and I can muddle words if the speaker is not clear which is another nightmare as I get the wrong instructions, then I can write it down wrong and the initial task takes on a whole new meaning. If the employers wonders why you are doing something completely different to what he asked, then that is why, but it happens all the time. It is horrible, but I look fine. Its like mental health where a person looks well, but its what is going on in the head thats the problem. So yes it effects mobility, as you have no bearings but it does not mean I fall over. Rosa your comments are discriminating.

      • Bec permalink
        May 3, 2015 12:30 pm

        If you don’t know your left from right and can’t read signs then you shouldn’t be driving

    • Moms who need answers permalink
      November 5, 2013 4:58 pm

      Zed Dragon, thank you, you are completely right. Sharon, you are right also and I feel your pain. Rosa I’m sorry to inform you that you do have a disability if you have dyspraxia. No it is not a condition having anything to do with sports other than your inability to participate in them due to your disability. Dyspraxia deals with the mind’s capibilities for sending signals to other parts of your body to perform specific functions. An example of this is you want to stick out your right arm in front of you but what your brain tells your arm to do is to stick it out to your right side instead of in front. The government is not trying to tell you or your friends what they are or are not. This is your own issue that you have with your own condition.Your definition of a disability is completely wrong. A disability doesn’t have to color every area of your life only the ones that really matter for it to be disabiling to you. I really wish people would know of what they are speaking of BEFORE they post things, because for all of us that are looking for answers for themselves or loved ones you have to go thru all the crap before you can get answers you really are seeking.

    • June 3, 2015 1:29 pm

      You are not qualified to make that judgement. It is a disability because IQ is not affected. If IQ

  11. Tolu Odozi permalink
    June 28, 2010 2:28 pm

    my daughter, Shammah has been assessed to have dyslexia. she is 10yrs old and does not like to be labelled disbaled. i really want to get help for her to improve in her reading and writing skills. her school is really trying all means and programmes to enable her settle to adequate education. i do appreciate what her school NOtrrdame catholic school in SE London has done so far but ia m worried about her secondary school education how to get her ina school

    • sean permalink
      May 20, 2015 10:23 am

      hey my name is sean i did a program named dore it really helped with my dyslexia i have improved in my spelling and reading i really sagest looking for this program it is really good helped me so much

  12. dina krokthment permalink
    July 6, 2010 3:06 pm

    my son has dyslexia but also has dysgraphia he also has visual disorder and short therm memorie the therapist told me that this disability is for life but there is help . he is only 7 years i apply for ssi but if i get aprove i dont want him to get the disability help for life because i want him to learn to live with his disability ….disability benefit will help him out because im thinking send him to guitar classes hope it help him to increase his selfsteam

    • ballymun permalink
      February 20, 2014 3:27 am

      Best wishes, guitar playing is a great therapy for all sorts of things, hope that goes well for him ))

  13. Robert permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:50 am

    You cannot get DLA for Dyslexia because it does not meet the criteria, Dyslexia does not affect your walking or your care, Dyslexia will not stop you washing going out or going to the bath room so no you will not be able to claim just for that.

    Dyslexia will not stop you working, it may affect the type of job you get, but since all they are now looking for is of course can you work at something.

    Dyslexia and other problems depends on the things I have stated, ESA deals with a simplistic view of disability.

    But to get DLA you have to prove that Dyslexia has other extenuating problems and since I have both word and letter dyslexia I could never get DLA

    • sharron permalink
      April 11, 2013 2:07 pm

      You can work and claim DLA and explain you are disabled too! there is working tax disablement for people with dislexia. This is where you will never be able to do any jobs due to your condition but you are working within your restrictions. You have to apply for DLA first which I think is dumb as the criteria is different for both, but if you are working then the tax office say dislexia fulfil the criteria but they need an assessment via DLA. this could be an area of government discrimination however, the government need to make it clear as dislexic people will be discriminated

      • Moms who need answers permalink
        November 5, 2013 5:15 pm

        Sharon, you may have dyslexia and from your post to Rosa you have it severe. YOU GO GIRL!!!! From reading your posts though it looks like you have a great handle on things and as for a mom who is looking ahead you give me hope that my 8yr old son will be ok. Don’t ever stop trying to better yourself and to let others know what you know.

    • Olive Nott permalink
      April 13, 2015 4:35 am

      My lad is now 12 gets DLA for Dsylexia and Irlens a visual processing disorder under the disability discrimination act of 1994.Another child in class does not qualify as no reports nothing just an opticians prescription for Irlens.

  14. Sofi permalink
    June 9, 2011 12:36 am

    DSA – Disabled student allowance.
    Dyslexia counts. You won’t get as much as someone with a serious disability which affects their every day life more severely, e.g. being confined to a wheel chair, as the allowance is to pay for specialist equipment to help you cope.
    source, applied and got approval for mine a few weeks ago.

  15. andrew permalink
    September 10, 2011 2:10 am

    hello all i have dyslexia. over time i have got better at reading and righting but that is just down to me wanting to better my self i am still far from being good at reading and spelling is still not good but i would have to say to all mums and dads halp your kids to read you will have to explain things to them more than one time but if they can read good thats the worst over from when i left school i was shit at reading i would not read to know one for i just could not understand what i was reading you need to get them reading sooner for this will slow them down in life and having dyslexia can make u better than most and if u have dyslexia u will fined it hard to get a good payed job sorry but as they say thats life

  16. julia permalink
    November 2, 2011 12:55 am

    hi i,ve just found out that my 11yr old son has dyslexia of all the yrs he,s attended school no teacher has picked up on this i,ve known for sometime that there has been something just not right as i have a 23yr old son aswell, My 11yr old son cant read well cant do the months of the yr cant do his alphabet and there,s no chance of him doing his time table,disability yes i think it is and should be recognised , why is it not ? because there not in a wheelchair, not using a walking stick , haven,t got a limb missing , dyslexia is the brain the information for our bodies to function , it isn,t starring us in the face so we dont want to no ,im going to do all i can for my lil boy as he has no confidence and say,s his brain has been put in upside down my god what makes a child say that, how does he feel !!! i dont no , if it wasn,t for a friend at work who has dyslexia i wouldn,t have found out my lil boy would,ve just been left sitting in a class to get on with it ,, he,s just slow and a bit lazy so the teachers have said for the last 6and a half yrs .

    • tracy permalink
      March 5, 2012 11:53 pm

      I just want to agree with julia my boy now 8 1/2 is being screened for dyslexia at the moment and the only reason for this screening is that his school has sent him to a naughty school for his behaviour. My boy has had issues with school since he started on his 1st IEP @ the age of 4. All behavioural issues which they’ve put down to my parenting skills,bounderys etc and not 1 teacher special needs teacher, pediotrion has once thought it could be dyslexia. I do believe its a disabily as my boy can’t work in a large group this has affected all aspects of his life and should be reconised. Because now he is just labled as naughty when its a mental problem not a choice . As the school would say my boy is choosing to behave this way (like any child chooses to misbehave constantly). I just hope that any parent that’s having issues with behaviour ask for their child to be assed as the behaviour masks the issue, as I have found out the hard way.

      • Moms who need answers permalink
        November 5, 2013 6:52 pm

        To Julia and Tracy, I’m so sorry for what your going through. I myself am now in your situation. I have told every one of his teachers starting in pre-k that he will probably be dyslexic because my husband is also and it is hereditary. Now my sons reading level is 1.4 (which translates to month 4 of 1st grade). My son is now in third grade and has a dr appt this week to see if maybe he has ADD (no hyperactivity) also because he cannot focus. Now I don’t even have the option of dropping him back to second grade because his reading level is not even there yet. After struggling through 2nd grade the school finally did the dyslexia evaluation at the END??? of the year.(you will have to be diagnosed through the doctor, not the school if you seek benefits. Just FYI). I don’t know why they waited till the end of the year to do the evaluation or why no teacher has ever noticed his inability to pay attention until now. Our 504 committee meeting with the school was 11-01-2013 where I was told that his other teachers had noticed and documented that he had trouble paying attention. Maybe if someone would have brought this to my attention I could have already had him on ADD meds and his dyslexia may not have been so much of an issue. Both of your schools from the teachers up to administration should be ashamed of themselves. Please do not think of yourselves as bad parents. YOU ARE NOT! It is the schools that are not willing to get off their ASSES and do something. Please to any parent if you are reading this and you know your child (and your the only one who does) is not acting right take them to the doctor first and voice your concerns, see what happens, then deal with the school. Some school officials are intimidating forget about that and do what you need to do for your child. Good luck to both of you.

    • nicola permalink
      January 16, 2015 9:40 pm

      I agree as I too have just found out my son has and his been in secondary school for over a year, and its only that he has a new English teacher that recognised his problem that we are now heading forward to get him help as otherwise he will find his exams very difficult :(

      • nicola permalink
        January 16, 2015 9:47 pm

        This was to comment on Julia’s, sorry

  17. May 11, 2012 10:55 pm

    doint no if you r still applying on this site or reeding
    im 43 and at the age of 8 the techers at shool yold my mun that your sonr need help with his behaver and he is getting into trubel
    as my mum had to deal with paying the bills and my dad was a alcoholic all i got was a beating from them bouth becouse thay dident understand wot my need wear
    all throu my 2nd shool i coodent reed or right at all bad reports and more slaps
    this is wear i found my 1st love and with my head in the clouds i started trying to make monney so i could pay for the simplest thigs

    at this point in my life my mum kite my out of the house due to me steeling yes i no it was bad but at the time i did wot i had to to just sevive ( no i doint do that ayn more)
    right to cut this stoy short in 43 my wife how was my 1st love that i marded also in the end kidet me out and i live in a goverment flat with nothing i strugel every day with simpel things and wyh isent it classed as a suport thing
    i no my life is going to be crap is it worth living any more ?this world is only for the rich and anyone with this cind of need is doomed i have tryrd to get help from so meny pepole and all the doors have closed i work in a charty shop wear i have show them how to improve make monkey im crap and dislexic but i no now to make money but as this world is only for the ones thats can show this in paperwork and i do need this help but cant get it if you speek to me face to face you will be shoked becoeu i speek so good englesh but i try my best to spell but comes out tisy terby
    im so talented and this is my down fall i can rebuild houses fully reavate i can amaze you in my speeking i can desing you clouths i can rebuild things and so much more

    if you can help me without taking the piss my email is
    p.s thans to the deborah dident no thet this exzited (natural reader ) seen it long bake in tomorrows wolrd iv got speek thing on my phone and life will get beter but it mite be by the time im 60 then wot left by be i can right a book and be come a milerner are

    • ANNIS permalink
      July 30, 2012 5:06 pm

      Hi They say only people learning and speaking the English Language are dyslexic or have problems with dyslexia…you sound like you may have ADHD. For both conditions any creative or artistic employment is preferred and one can excel in. :-)

  18. Mackenzie permalink
    May 22, 2012 2:27 am

    hello i am a 13 year old girl and i have Dyslexia i an just now relay learning about i hope a lot of people can help me learn more about it.

    • ANNIS permalink
      July 30, 2012 5:15 pm

      Hello, You need to develop self-esteem and self-praise this condition can cause you stress and others to bully you. Learn and follow creative hobbies/subjects- To learn about the condition look online and learn from others who also have the condition for insights and tips, as dyslexia is different in everyone (no two people will have the same traits or problems) Lastly don’t worry as this will make your dyslexia worse.

  19. Lisa Enstone permalink
    July 8, 2012 11:46 pm

    Hi my name is Lisa I have a son who thinks his 9yr old son has dyslexia.He has an IPA at his old school and one to one help with his reading and writing and he had a senco report.The school said he was borderline dyslexic.He moved to another school just over a year ago and I mentioned to the headmistress, about the possibility of my son being dyslexic and they said they were going to assess him soon.He has only just caught up with most of his classmates with his reading ability.He is also quite highly strung and his concentration isn’t very good.I have approached the school several times about the test but they keep fobbing me off,not sure what to do or contact.He starts high school next year so I would like this to be sorted.Any advice etc would be grateful.

    • ANNIS permalink
      July 30, 2012 5:31 pm

      Hi Lisa, Sounds like your son also has ADHD,however moving schools is stressful and he needs time to settle down again. Try creating a happy home environment and helping him with being more creative, this will develop his self-esteem and protect him from the school bully. Find out what he loves doing and help him learn to achieve mini goals. Let the schools do their bit, but you as parent also have a very important role in his life- be the love and support he needs! There is a lot assistive technologies to assist in learning and one can always acquire these privately online another good source is The Dyslexia Shop that supply support and they are UK based. By the way in America Dyslexia is a ‘Learning Disorder’ not a learning difficulty!! Make your own enquiries into the condition and adopt the changes needed…because the professionals don’t always understand what, you the parent has to suffer or what the child has to cope with.

  20. Jacqueline Lowe permalink
    September 4, 2012 3:35 pm

    Hello everyone, I have 4 people in my family who are dyslexic. My mother in law, my husband my daughter and my son. My son was the 1st to be diagnosed at University, his school were not interested in his understanding of comprehension or his spelling E English,A*Maths and Physics. I am the proud mother of a Dr of Philosophy in Astrophysics, my daughter is a teacher, my husband is an engineer with 40 years experience in his field. My mother in law is just herself.

    Self esteem and confidence is the biggest hurdle as everyone thinks you are thick you are not by far. So you cannot spell or write upside down or whatever, chaneel your energies into becomiing an even more clever person. My son finds music a help with anything to do with words, so does my daughter and my husband, my mother in law well ???????. Short term memory is a problem, things to do? etc,etc. All make lists and write everything down straight away I help with spelling where I can but they think I am clever & I cannot do math.
    I know nothing of benefits that you can get as their needs are help and support.

    From the point of view as a person who is articulate in writing and able to put sentences together it has been a long road for us all it took 5 long years for my son to write his Thesis and I have not a clue as to what it all means, the pictures from telescopes look good.
    Is anyone out there carsick as well because they either sleep or are sick in a car, do not like motion of any kind, it can be very alarming and scary for you as a person with or as a parent but believe me channel your energies into what you like to do.

    All can be conquered.

  21. giggles permalink
    September 6, 2012 1:03 am

    My daughter who is now 18 was tested for dyslexia at school and they told me she was fine and didn’t have it she was in the 6th grade then now she was tested by professionals who said she had dyslexia a learning disability her mobil skills are bad and has to see 2 rehab spec. And a social worker to help her.I have to miss a lot of work now to make sure she gets there I’m a single parent should I apply for social security for her

    • Amber permalink
      December 20, 2013 2:20 pm

      are you in the USA? anyway, doesn’t matter where. if it doesn’t cost to apply for any benefits for any disability. apply for them, you be no worse off and you will have an answer.
      hope you find the help. :)

  22. Janet Lumley permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:55 pm

    hi my son has dypraxia and dyslexic tendencies, he also finds social situations very challenging, he is due to look for work experience for next year but I feel worried that he will be discriminated against because of his problems, I mean he could not even speak articulately in an interview so how on earth will he get a job?

    • naeth permalink
      December 5, 2012 7:39 pm

      I’m both number and letter Dyslexic, Number which is called Dyscalculia, has caused me serious problems all my life. Today with the new medical and the WCA I would say it would be near impossible to get benefits especially DLA for this disability.

      You would have to prove it affected more then just your learning, and to be honest I’ve found when you say you have dyslexia people look at you and simply think oh yea.

      I’m also Paraplegic after an accident and I cannot get benefits for that anymore, so I would say if your going to claim for Dyslexia you will need all the help you can get like going to specialist advisers. If your after DLA I would again say it would be today nearly impossible.

      But do not take my word for it try and see how you go….

  23. gaenor gibson permalink
    January 26, 2013 7:51 pm

    I have benn sacked and turned down by employees because it takes me along time to write and do maths and I still don’t get it right and it because of my dislexia would I be able to get h help for this

    • ZedDragon permalink
      March 30, 2013 7:14 pm

      If you have been properly diagnosed, and have your report, then you should be able to. You need to state that you are disabled under the Disability Discrimination Act too. You might be able to get some support about improving your skills too.

  24. Juliet permalink
    July 18, 2013 11:45 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing this well put together website.

  25. November 19, 2013 1:59 pm

    Hi there , i am 30 and realising that i am dislexic over the last few years of more and reading about a lot or stuff and trying to write to companys to ask advice i work ful time in sales but find it very hard going as i dont always understand long words and my brain does not alway take in stuff, i am looking in to further education to maybe try and help me more but i also know i have bills to pay as well in life it would be great to be in contact with people out there more to see whats around to help us and maybe find away forward in life togeather my e-mail address is

  26. ballymun permalink
    February 20, 2014 3:40 am

    It’s hideous that people deny this as an existing condition, or try to dismiss it’s serious effects. The damage done to self-worth and self-esteem is huge, Long before a diagnosis, any child that struggles to do what others do easily is going to feel stupid, excluded, fearful, confused and of course the behaviour that follows may be branded all sorts of things. adhd.. i think most cases of this are going to have roots in not fitting in, due to difficulties with processing what most find easy.. It shouldn’t be so hard to design simple tests for screening at an early age, which would save so much suffering.

    Best wishes to you all in coping and making the best life you can for yourselves and your children )

  27. Michael Dexter permalink
    March 6, 2014 4:07 am

    Yes it is. The reason I say this not because I suffer from it, or know someone who does.
    I say it because it all boils down to your personal definition of what is a disability. In my opinion, any known or unknown medical condition that has a direct or adverse, or both, effect on your everyday life can be classed, and probably should be classed, as a disability.

  28. March 20, 2014 6:15 pm

    Dyslexia is a man made problem, about having problems using a man made communication system the visual notation of speech or the graphic symbols society chooses to represent the sounds of speech. There are two types of dyslexia Alexia (acquired dyslexia) which is caused by brain injury, stroke, atrophy, etc; and Developmental Dyslexia which has a genetic origin. Developmental dyslexia has three cognitive subtypes: auditory, visual and attentional. Which means that an auditory processing disorder, a visual processing disorder, an attention disorder, or any combination of these issues can cause the dyslexic symptom. These are the clinical or medical conditions / disabilities that can cause the dyslexic symptom. And as medical disabilities it is possible to claim fo suport / benefits based on a clinical diagnosis for any of these issues, Most of these condtions have more serious symptoms than the shared dyslexic symptom

  29. tori permalink
    March 29, 2014 12:52 am

    I wonder if anyone could help me. I have been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. I work part time and always have done from leaving school. As I started to face the real world I new there was something not right. As I become older I find it very hard to be independent in some ways and really effects me and makes me depressed sometimes. Someone said that even if I work part time i maybe able to apply for something called pip? To help to support me and the problems I face. Is this true as I’m not one to believe everything people tell me?

    • May 3, 2014 3:11 pm

      Hi tori, I have a clinical diagnosis of auditory processing disorder as the cause of my developmental dyslexia symptom. It is possible to get DLA or PIPs as it is now called based on Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) based on the care element. APD has more severe symptoms than just teh dyslexic one, such as poor auditory memory, and temporal sound processing problems, which can in turn cause working memory issues. And it also possible to clain ESA based on having APD, gain based on the levels of support and accomodations you may require. You can find more information on the APDUK web site.

  30. Claire permalink
    April 4, 2014 6:18 pm

    Dyslexia is a difficulty even though it affects the brain like for example putting shoes on the wrong feet it is actually proven that in the part of the brain that controls co-ordinates is back to front hence putting shoes on the wrong feet before realising that they are on wrong. My husband is dyslexic and worked as a VNA driver and has had to leave due to him having complex partial seizures so atm he can not drive and is really struggling to find a different job because of his dyslexia and I cant work because im a carer for our Autistic daughter im hoping to god that he can claim pip or incapacity benifits. In todays society employers will not tell a dyslexic person they didn’t get the job because the other person that got the job did not have a dyslexia but my hat goes of to anyone with a learning difficulty for soldering on no matter what

  31. pepsi permalink
    September 1, 2014 9:44 pm

    im thinking that my dyslexica is less of a problem than me not been able tu walk and have severee pane and mental problems and severee metal turmoil. if I only had dylecics I would jump for joy and get a job and stopp woryin about benefits rafer than been dependent on them. I wish thats all I had rafer than spending my 24 our every day of the yur totaly dependin on other pepole and trapet on social monie. I cant see how my readin and speling probs compare to my serious mental and fisical problems. stop whinging and count lucky your not on the scrap hype

  32. Jerelle permalink
    September 6, 2014 7:04 pm

    I am both dyspraxic and dyslexic. I have found living independently to be a great challenge. I struggle with the most basic of multi-tasking. E.g. Vacuuming at my home – i tripped over the sofa because i forgot it was there and i have poor balance. Taking this into account most jobs for me would be dangerous.
    I am currently attending University where I get DSA; I get a laptop, reading and writing software, (which i’m using to write this post) I have a specialist that teaches me learning strategy and a mentor to help mange my anxiety and depression- which is linked to dyspraxia.
    I have found my learning difficulty to be debilitating. I live a lonely life- not by choice just because i find it difficult to make friends and find social situation far too overwhelming. I have difficulty going to local shop- going to my doctors when i think it’ll be busy- going on public transport.
    My other living struggles are regarding safety in the home. If i try to cook i leave the hob on because i forget. I struggle with spatial awareness- this means i trip going up the stares- or if go out i can’t cross the road because i can’t judge the speed of an object heading towards me.
    Recently, however, I’ve applied for PIP- to help me with the most trivial of tasks such as dressing myself or going to shop.

    Before you judge people with learning difficulties remember that without being labeled disabled we wouldn’t be able to achieve the things ‘normal people’ have such as go to university. We need extra money and care so we can live a life near to quality of the ‘norms.’

  33. September 7, 2014 7:50 pm

    Hi my name is Tony Rice and I am disability access consultant, I thought I would just drop you a line in-regards to a new conference that Liverpool City Combined Regional  Authority are hosting about the Accessible Britain challenge.  Brian Keating is attending and will give an update on the progress of the Challenge, also there will be many delegates from LGA there and it will be a great platform for disabled people to raise issues around what local authorities are doing and how the financial cuts affect services. It will also be a launch of a new social inclusion tool for disabled people and businesses. The Evacu8me mobile phone app is a major project that I have developed and we have had great feedback and interest from many diverse businesses and disability support organisations. For more info please check out ( I would be most grateful for your views on this.
    With kind
    Tony Rice

  34. December 1, 2014 10:33 am

    Personally, I believe that a dyslexic person’s individual circumstances make it a disability or not. For example, I’ve been diagnosed with moderate dyslexia, but it affects me mildly, and it’s more of an annoyance when I put down the wrong letter while writing or miss whole paragraphs whien reading print, but if it affected me to the degree that I was unable to reliably read and write anything, whether in print or otherwise, then it is certainly a disability. TL;DR: dyslexia’s not called a specific learning disability for no reason.

  35. Thomas Winchester permalink
    December 27, 2014 7:19 pm

    Dyslexia is a disability expesly when you dint understand what your reading
    I an 5 out of 7 when I was first tested ans I understand that there 130 girent areras
    the only way I got the job I have was with a tuter
    I am 64 now and will be 65 on fedurary 5
    Tom Winchester

  36. Tracy permalink
    January 17, 2015 7:21 am

    My son is 11 and a half and is severely dyslexic he can’t read, everything has to be read for him. To write anything he has to either copy it (and even then he writes the letters all back to front) or be told the letters. He has to rely on someone all the time. To say being dyslexic doesnt affect a persons day to day life is wrong, it certainly affects his…I always say to people who can read if u think about it u can’t remember not being able to read can u? So how can u know what it feels like to be that age and not be able to.

  37. January 17, 2015 8:58 am


  38. Jane Johnson permalink
    March 9, 2015 10:48 am

    Dyslexia is not just a disability – it is often also compounded by poor teaching methods. Do you remember the ‘Look say’ method of teaching reading in the 1970’s? Children were expected to learn to read recognising the shape of a word as opposed to its component letters – often leading to a misunderstanding in how sounds were made up phonetically, and rules of spelling having to be relearnt much later on, aged seven or eight, or even later.

    This evidently hampered children’s development even with mainstr4eam education, and for dyslexics the untangling of two different reading schemes (compounded if a child went to more than one school, each with different approaches) became extremely difficult.

    Many children, intelligent and able in other areas, became known as late developers, but still managed to overcome their difficulties against overwhelming odds, in order to obtain good jobs with fine prospects. But many foundered, becoming under-achievers with low (and inaccurate) self esteem, and the other problems of dyslexia, in terms of perception, adroitness, organised thinking and step by step problem solving, which are still a handicap for many.

    The diagnosis for dyslexia is also hard to come by, especially with the Govt. policy of allowing schools to force early retirement on their most experienced staff and to recruit a higher proportion of NQT’s and non-qualified teachers in order to reduce their wages bill, for which the schools were now responsible since the LEA’s were no longer the hirers and firers. Hence profiling of pupils with difficulty and disability was falsified by the mis-identification of behavioural problems and educational achievement.

    To culminate in allowing politicians such as Graham Stringer to pontificate about education and disability, with no qualification other than their own prejudice upon which to draw, is to demonstrate an indication of how unsuitable such people are to hold office. This is evident when they show such scant respect for those (education chiefs and disability watchdogs/ associations) who are better placed to determine the effect of disabilities such as dyslexia on education, social integration and the drive to enable every child to benefit from opportunities for self development and life-long learning to the best of his or her abilities.

    I am a retired schoolteacher, and my eldest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia at secondary school. Her father, my first husband (deceased) quite probably had it too, but he was an artist and musician – and used his words to write poetry – but couldn’t do form fillling. My daughter has overcome her problems, mostly in later life, largely by her own efforts, and is a top flight cabin crew staff member, frequently obtaining 98% in her periodic refresher courses. All this by a girl of whom a headmistress once told me ‘She won’t amount to anything’!

  39. dolfrog permalink
    April 13, 2015 11:08 am

    The problem here seems to be a lack of reading of the international research of the last decade or more regardig dyslexia. Dyslexia is not a condition, but a shared symptom of an auditory processing disorder, a visual processing disorder, an attention disorder, or any combinaton of these issues. Dyslexia is a man made problem and is langauge dependent. The underlying cogntive disorders are clinicallly diagnosed disabilities, and each dyslexic should have the underlying cogntive cause of their dyslexic symprom clinically diagnosed as these real conditons may have more serious symtoms than just dyslexia

  40. Thomas Winchester permalink
    April 13, 2015 1:30 pm


  41. Thomas Winchester permalink
    April 13, 2015 1:35 pm

    It has been all my life, I do not under stand all that I read and have problems with taking test.

  42. shirley permalink
    May 19, 2015 8:48 am

    Im Dislextic and i feel it is a proplem as i havent be able to get on in life because of it . my dislex e r is also a prolem with understanding things i view things different from the (normal person) if there is such a thing as normal.?? i cant work simple things out but what is diffacult for someone i find easy strange…. i once brought clarks factory to a stop because i done the shoe buckles back to front lol … become a billy no mates because people think there dealing with one who flew over the cuckoos nest so yes dislex e r is a disabitly

  43. June 3, 2015 2:40 pm

    Elisabeth Commo said: Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) […]
    Actually, DCD is a form of dyspraxia, not the other way around. Specifically, DCD is the developmental form of dyspraxia as opposed to the form that is acquired through stroke, lesions, or brain injury. Have Android, will google!


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