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13 September 2013, 06:31
A charity which helps people with dyslexia in the North East says more needs to be done to help people with the condition, especially in schools.
Dyslexia North East have told Capital some people often think of dyslexia as being a condition that children grow out of eventually, or that people with it are just thick and stupid.
CEO of the charity, Dr. Liz Ferguson says:
"Many dyslexics are highly intelligent and gifted. They see things other people don't.
They can appreciate the big picture and know how to do lots of practical tasks and work out different ways to create things.
Dyslexics often find it very difficult to read the written word and have problems with spelling and writing ideas down on paper.
They know what they want to say, but their mind goes blank, or they take a long time to process information and understand what they have read, so learning is a real struggle."
Dyslexia affects 10% of the population in the UK. The condition can be mild, so is easily missed, or moderate or severe.
In a class of 30 children you will expect to have 3 children affected by dyslexia - and is more common in boys by 4:1.
The British Dyslexia Asociation (BDA) have teamed up with Dyslexia North East for an information and awareness campaign.
A BDA bus is coming to the Haymarket in Newcastle on Saturday September 14th 2013 from 9.30pm - 5.30pm with more information.