Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia Diagnosis on the NHS?
This is a question I have seen brought up on social networks in the last few weeks. Should the NHS in the UK play a part in diagnosing people with dyslexia?
For me, the answer would be ‘yes’. I think this would be a good idea especially since there are so many people who leave school without being diagnosed.
- It could be means tested in the same way that the NHS helps with dental and optical fees for those who are unable to afford the full fee. Or perhaps it could be free for those under 18 in full time education. I know the reason I wasn’t diagnosed at an earlier stage was because my school refused to have me diagnosed and my mum, who was a single parent, could not afford the £500 fee to have me assessed.
- Dyslexia may not be linked directly to ‘health’, however it could have an impact on someone’s health if they were unable to read the labels on food or medication. If diagnosed, there are plenty of ways to support and find strategies to help with reading, writing and organisational skills.
- Being dyslexic doesn’t just affect people within a school environment. Dyslexia is something that is part of you, it’s a different way of perceiving the world that you are born with and is with you your entire lifetime. And though there are loads of great things about dyslexia, the things that can make school more complicated can also make work more complicated if the right support is not in place.
- If the UK is spending £1 billion a year on supporting unemployed dyslexics or dyslexics in prison who have not been diagnosed and who are unaware of the support available, then surely having an easier way to diagnose people through the NHS would be a step forward.
- It’s said that 1 in 10 people in the UK have dyslexia, so why are we unable to ensure that this 10% of society are getting the correct support in schools and in the workplace?
An overall change in attitude towards dyslexia is needed. There are plenty of positives that come with dyslexia too that largely go unnoticed. Until then, is it not time that the government did more to turn around the £1 billion pounds supporting unemployed dyslexics into finding a way to support them within the workplace by having assessments of needs?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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