- 16 Mar 08, 4:26 PM
New research out suggests that one in five school children are showing signs of learning disability and 55% of children ‘failing’ their SAT’s are showing ‘symptoms of developmental learning problems’.
This story caught my slightly spastic eye mainly because I did reasonably OK in my SAT’s exams considering the majority of them were not in an alternative format and for the majority I received no extra time allowance.
I really hope this is something that has changed now. back then roughly a decade ago when I took my year 6 SAT’s my biggest worries about them was how much my back was going to hurt after spending too much time with my face mere centimetres away from the desk trying to read the standard size print and whether I managed to finish.
Also there is a huge amount of controversy as to whether I am dyslexic or not, let’s get things straight I have never actually been tested.
Throughout my school education I was informed that my lack of understanding when it came to English and my complete inability to spell was because I am partially sighted. Even now at college level I am told that my issues with spelling and proof reading my work are because of my visual impairment; they put it down to my inability to recognise word patterns, this however does not explain my complete inability to remember what someone asked me to do 5 seconds ago or my complete and utter lack of any form of organisation.
I have even in my time been told it’s not possible to be VI and dyslexic; it’s not possible to test someone who is VI for dyslexia.
This is complete rubbish it is apparently a little bit trickier to test someone who is VI but it is possible.
My parents were so frustrated with being fobbed off by schools and colleges that they once rang the RNIB to get the record set straight, and the RNIB confirmed that it is possible to be VI and dyslexic, Hurrah! but still no one would test me.
Now Dave is blind and dyslexic and I have several other friends and acquaintances that are.
It really makes me wonder what other people are going through. I cannot be the only disabled person in this situation struggling to get recognition for an additional issue, I worry that professionals see disabled children as having one disability and blame that for any other problem that occurs. Yes visual impairment does cause a few problems when trying to learn things like shape and distance but cannot necessarily take all the blame with other things I find difficult to learn.
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