(Picture: Me Naiset, Sanoma ja Piia Arnould)
Sirkku Jauhiainen, the founder of MyDyslexia, one of the leading expert in learning difficulties with strong personal experience.
I have dyslexia, and I've done a lot of work to hide it, so that no-one would see it. And it has been tough and stressful. Now I have decided to share my story and stop hiding and being shame of it. I am what I am, and that's enough.
I give speechs about dyslexia and coping with it for companies and schools. I tell my story as it really is. I want to increase awareness of what it’s like to live with dyslexia. Dyslectics need a great deal of encouragement and help from early age. We are all different and need to be given space and appreciation. I feel that we need to talk more about this.
Dyslectics can be a gift and great possibility if we just see them the right way and give dyslectics a chance. We need people who think and see the world differently.
My story: Why I am telling this? Because I want to be an example that difficulties can be overcome, and these can be turned into strength.
Dyslexia is my burden, which I have carried since I was a little girl, and still today it pulls me down and affects me negatively. I have learned to hate and to be a shame of my dyslexia, but I cannot change the fact I have dyslexia, there is nothing I can do about it. This is a part of me. I have suffered a lot because of the it and two times been close losing my life because of this, so now is the time to be open, accept and take responsibility for dyslexia. firstname.lastname@example.org
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