Oldham Sixth Form College


What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia?

Isabelle Emond talks about dyslexia

Since it’s dyslexia awareness I believe it’s crucial to understand the life and struggles of it. First of all, dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in reading and spelling. That means that it makes it difficult for people who have dyslexia to read and spell things correctly. Dyslexia affects 10% of the population, so it isn’t necessarily a ‘popular’ disorder and  still not well known. But it is a life-long condition which can have a substantial effect on daily life and processing information, it is also considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010. This condition can vary between person to person so no one will have the same strengths and weaknesses. It can also come with ADHD and dyspraxia.

For the week of dyslexia awareness there were many college activities happening to bring awareness to the fore.  For example, a very popular bake sale made a lot of money for charity to get dyslexia more widely understood. But it doesn’t just stop there, Oldham Sixth Form College does loads of things to help ease the difficulty of the learning disorder. Like for instance, did you know how important coloured paper can be? What about the impact  of chromebooks during lessons so it’s easier to focus on the words and read them correctly? Or for exams extra time is  guaranteed, or an extra room can be provided. Our college makes many accommodations for students with dyslexia and for students who struggle with any disorder. 

While dyslexia still is a well known disorder I do still strongly believe in the importance of understanding it so we  can all be as  inclusive and helpful as possible. So when you can, search the internet, ask a friend or even a family member so you too can fully understand as well.