The Full Story
For over 28 enriching years, I've been on a remarkable journey as a Dyslexia Specialist. It all began back in 1996, right after the birth of my first child. At first, I worked as a private tutor, supporting children with Dyslexia. Over time, I transitioned to working at an independent school and later at a vibrant FE college.
In 2001, with the arrival of my third child, I took a significant step forward by acquiring another Dyslexia Qualification. This allowed me to assess dyslexia and arrange Exam Access Arrangements at the same FE college where I was still working.
As the years went by, I never stopped seeking knowledge. I pursued various qualifications in Teaching and Dyslexia Assessment, culminating in the accomplishment of obtaining my L7 Diploma. In Assessing and Teaching Students with SpLD in 2005.
Around 2005, I embarked on a new chapter by introducing OCR Level 5 and Level 7 Courses at the FE college. I took on the roles of both Course Leader and Lecturer, guiding these courses until 2010. At that point, I took a bold step by launching my own venture, DITTAS SPLD Training, also offering the OCR Level 5 and Level 7 Diploma Courses. This was also a time when I continued to assess and provide tutoring services.
In 2014, in collaboration with Caroline Reed of Communicate Ed, we created the PAPPA qualification. This qualification was designed to train assessors in conducting Exam Access Arrangements through Include-ed. It was a rewarding endeavour that positively impacted the education landscape.
In 2018, I transitioned once more, selling my shares in PAPAA. By 2020, I decided to step back from running OCR Courses to focus on my family. Nevertheless, my commitment to helping others persisted. In fact, in 2019, I started offering webinars and mentorship for Dyslexia Professionals. Little did I know that the challenges of 2020 would inspire me to launch an online tutoring business, which I now manage with a dedicated team of ten tutors.
Today, my focus remains strong. I dedicate my time to assessments, guiding my own students, creating and hosting webinars, and overseeing my team of tutors. It's more than just a job; it's my deep-rooted passion.
Dyslexia's awareness has had a profound impact on my life. It's become clear that many of my family members, including two of my adult children, have Dyslexia and ADHD. I have even identified that I myself am Dyspraxic. Interestingly, my husband was diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood, which seems to have paved the way for my journey.
With each passing day, I continue to develop my knowledge of Dyslexia and Neuro Diversity with a sincere desire to positively impact the lives of those I support.
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