Dyslexia Awareness Week 2013

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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2013

06 October 2014

It is Dyslexia Awareness Week 2013 and we are lending our support by providing information to help studenm,ts better understand the condition. Each year the college supports a number of students who have been diagnosed with the condition. We provide classroom support to help students learn how to manage their Dyslexia so that it has less of an impact on their college work and on the employability skills they will need when they apply for jobs and enter the workplace.

The theme of this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week is ‘Beyond Words’. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) aims to make people aware that dyslexia affects more than just someone’s reading and writing skills. In fact Dyslexia can affect other key employability skills such as organisational skills and time management. The BDA says it is vital that employers and the dyslexic individuals themselves understand that they may have some issues with aspects of working life because of dyslexia and not because they are not capable or not trying hard enough. The BDA also want to recognise that Dyslexia can also bring gifts, such as an enhanced creative vision, that need to be celebrated.

Jackie Andrews is an adult learner who really benefited from the support she received with her Dyslexia from the college. Jackie spent a number of years working in the kitchen at a local pre-school as due to her dyslexia she lacked the confidence to enrol on a course which would enable her to work directly with the children. Jackie had coloured contact lenses which helped to improve her reading but over the years had come to rely on her ability to remember conversations and retain information in order to get by at work.

Jackie said:

"College has had a great impact on my life because I have grown in confidence both during the course and since the course finished. Practically it has changed my life for the better as the qualification I received allowed me to apply for roles that otherwise would have been above my academic level. 

Finally, knowing that I could always contact my tutor for advice and guidance greatly helped me during the course - I felt there was always someone there if I had any questions."

Jackie's college tutor Joy Baker said:

“I was able to reassure Jackie that she could gain the evidence she needed through professional discussion, observation of practice and oral questions, alongside small amounts of writing. This was enough to convince Jackie to enrol on the Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 course and she has never looked back. With the support of the college staff she became a keen learner and developed a love of reading, with the aid of new reading glasses, whilst studying for her assignments.

“Jackie’s confidence grew significantly during the course and her writing skills developed to the extent she was able to produce some excellent written assignments for her course. After she completed the course Jackie took a new full-time role at a day nursery with pre-school children and is now considering taking on a role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator at the school. She has also enrolled for a GCSE English course at the college this year.”

Student Sam McCabe who is currently on an Electrical Installation Apprenticeship through the college has also received support with his Dyslexia which has helped him with his college coursework and in his job role.

“I would really recommend Bracknell & Wokingham College to anyone who has Dyslexia as you receive excellent support from everybody and they have a good understanding of the condition which really helps. I received one-to-one tuition for my Functional Skills Level 2 English and this would have been much harder to achieve without this support. It has also really helped me with the Health & Safety part of my coursework and also with completing paperwork on site at jobs.”

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