I am dyslexic myself, and a keen runner, so running for the BDA in the Great North Run was an obvious choice.
Dyslexia is a prevalent learning difficulty in 10% of any given population regardless of intelligence, culture, social status, etc. Yet ineffective responses to dyslexia have long-term social and economic costs, affecting unemployment, mental health issues, and antisocial behaviour, such as drug abuse and criminal justice involvement. This not only has huge implications on personal development, but more widely the long-term effect can have a significant impact on public spending. I strongly believe in the BDA’s work to challenge this situation and promote awareness and effective responses at all levels. This will enable those with dyslexia to pursue their potential and realise personal, social, and economic development, ensuring more inclusive opportunities and a fairer society.
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