The Peter Cruddas Foundation is supporting Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity’s project providing specialist help to disadvantaged young people aged 16-30, from lower income backgrounds, with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
Young adults with unsupported dyslexia are more likely to suffer low self-esteem, low confidence, to have negative associations with education, achieve fewer qualifications, to become unemployed when leaving school and to make negative life-choices (people with dyslexia are twice as likely to end up in prison).
However, if correctly supported, people with dyslexia can thrive in life, particularly life after school, where their ability to see the world differently can be a positive asset.
By providing specialist dyslexia assessments and 1 to 1 coaching the charity supports young people in finding new strategies to to work around areas of weakness while taking advantage of their strengths. This has a long term impact on the future lives of each individual helping them access knowledge and learning, entry into paid employment or apprenticeship schemes.
About Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity
The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity supports people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties through:
Our vision is of a future where people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Dyslexia is a difficulty with words which affects a person’s ability to read accurately and fluently.
It is a learning difference that has nothing to do with intelligence.
Dyslexia can affect all aspects of learning from reading and writing to maths, memory, organistion and concentration.
It can range from mild to severe.
It is estimated that one in ten people have dyslexia – 4% severely.
Dyslexia can be a brilliant gift in many aspects of life – the very fact that people with dyslexia see the world differently means that they are the people more likely to make a difference to the world. It is estimated that 20% of UK business self-starteres have dyslexia (Logan, 2015).
The reality for many dyslexics who cannot pay for help is different. The right support at the right time is key to helping people reach their full potential and improve the quality of their lives.
For further information please visit www.helenarkell.org.uk