Matt is a trustee of the Dyspraxia Foundation and his girlfriend, Rosie, was diagnosed with Dyspraxia at the age of four. We are both still hear misunderstandings about the condition and are taking part in events across 2017 to raise awareness of Dyspraxia/DCD.
In 2017 we are taking part in the following events:
28th May - Great Manchester Run - 10k (Matt)
2nd July - Great Newham Run - 10k (Matt)
9th July - Virgin British 10k Westminster - 10k (Matt)
3rd September - Parallel London - Matt & Rosie
Donate by Text: Text MRDW88 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 :)
Dyspraxia/DCD is simply so much more than someone being a bit clumsy. It is thought to be caused by a disruption in the way messages from the brain are transmitted to the body. This affects my ability to perform movements in a coordinated way, balance, motor skills, social skills and spatial awareness. Tasks many people take for granted take a dyspraxic a lot more, concentration and effort. But yet still people don't know what it is, and I still get asked so much "so what is dyspraxia?"
Although day-to-day life with dyspraxia/dcd can be chaotic and frustrating and I've experienced a lot of misunderstanding and have struggled with anxiety, confidence and self esteem, it also has meant I’m a determined person and persevere. I am creative, and the experiences I’ve had have made me more understanding and empathetic of others.
Dyspraxia/DCD is a hidden difficulty which means to the outside world you can’t tell someone has it. These misunderstandings can make people feel socially isolated experience bullying and ignorance and difficulties with self esteem, confidence and mental health. A lot of dyspraxic's also have mental health difficulties such as: anxiety. As someone who has experienced these, I don't want people to go through what I have alone, and try and hopefully show you can turn them into a positive by helping others.
For more dyspraxia/anxiety awareness please visit http://thinkoutsideofthecardboardbox.blogspot.co.uk/
Thank you so much for your kindness.