05 Dec Giving Tuesday 2020: Dyslexia Assessment in Ireland
Dyslexia affects at least one in ten people in Ireland. However, many people struggle to access dyslexia assessment as it can be expensive and the school system has long waiting lists. While a formal diagnosis of dyslexia may not be required to access certain supports, it is often very empowering emotionally, giving validity to the individuals lived experience, supporting understanding of their profile and needs, and enabling them to connect with others. Dyslexia identification is not about labelling a child, but rather re-labelling a child – showing them that they are not stupid or lazy or whatever horrid words they have heard or thought themselves, but rather that their brain works in a different way, that they have ability and their own unique profile of strengths and challenges.