It has been a while since I wrote a blog and some of you will be relieved…all those typos and grammatical errors. Tut Tut.
I am mindful that this is frustrating for others but it is something I have struggled with for years.
When I found out 8 years ago that I have mild dyslexia, I searched for information and started to develope strategies to help me.
The great thing about this journey was I met some amazing people who saw my ‘Learning Disability’ as a ‘Gift’!
Now I see that GCHQ deliberately employs those with dyslexia and dyspraxia, having over 120 members of staff that are “neuro-diverse”.
An IT specialist at GCHQ told the Sunday Times reporter Richard Kerbaj, “what people don’t realise is that people with neuro diversity usually have a ‘spiky skills’ profile, which means that certain skill areas will be below par and others may be well above.”
He went on to say about himself, “My reading might be slower than some individuals and maybe my spelling is appalling, and my handwriting definitely is…but if you look on the positive side, my 3D spacial-perception awareness and creativity
is in the top 1% of my peer group.”
One of the greatest code breakers, Alan Turing was dyslexic he used his gift of ‘spiky skills’ in maths and cryptology to break the Enigma code.
He was part of a team at Bletchley park during the second World War working tirelessly against the Nazi onslaught.
There is a Trust dedicated to continuing his legacy HERE
As with so much we experience in life we have a choice to see things as either a disability or a gift.
I see my dyslexia as a gift and like the fact that I am neuro-diverse and in great company…always wanted to be a spy!
Here is a link to Dsylexia Action