With the help of my spell checker and voice to text I will fill you in a bit about myself...

My dyslexia is the source of my creativity and a massive part of who I am. Churchill, Steve Job, Einstein, Darwin, Jamie Oliver, Di Vinci, Agatha Christie, Picasso, Branson, Tracey Emin, Warholl and Billy Connolly prove that dyslexics are very capable when they focus on their ability. Many of our top politicians are aslo dyslexic.

I have spent the last 12 years campaigning for a greater understanding and awareness of dyslexia. I have lectured around the world… Cardiff, Belfast, London, New York, Washington, Hong Kong and even Swindon. These years of bloody sweaty tears has seen my words on the subject published in the Times Ed, allowed me to have my say on radio 4 and have films premiered at places like the House of Lords. I have been around the block - you could say.

Like most dyslexics my weaknesses defined me from the outset and School never felt natural. All that sitting about was difficult for me. I was a very active and sporty child with a tendency for daydreaming but an inability to grasp the art of reading.

A slow walker, I didn’t speak until I was 3, but by the time I started school I was running and chatting a plenty. Infant school was bearable as I was good at playing with sand and water. My problem with text-based education came when I started junior school. I can remember being told I was lazy, not trying and a total simpleton

Ironically my sir name Juggins means silly fellow, or simpleton according to old dictionaries. (Juggins by name Juggins by nature lol). To make things worse my Mum was told that I was gammy handed; as I was a natural left-hander… they soon cured me of that. My mother only told me this, minor detail, three years ago and I guess it explains why I can paint with both hands.

Well, if primary school had dented my self-esteem then senior school totally obliterated it. I was placed in bottom sets with lads whose only interests seemed to be fighting and tattooing themselves with ink and a compass. I didn’t take any O levels and left school broken and still unable to read or write to a functional level.

After several dead-end jobs I enjoyed a period of working for the health authority with people who have learning disabilities. The job was great and I think I got as much back as I gave but I knew I hadn’t finished my education. So, I enrolled for an art foundation course at my local college, Swindon, before breezing my BA at the University of the West of England. I was the first person in the whole faculty to hand in my dissertation – Dyslexic Artist in a Word Based Education System.

Discovering that around 70% of the prison population were dyslexic was a red rag to me. I had been lucky enough to have the support of my family and stayed on the straight and narrow. But I understood why a person might rebel from a society that denies them an appropriate education.

I have also worked as a consultsnt, community artist, educator and film-maker in many educational and social settings. Because I was that "slow learner" I guess I always aim to make things as multi-sensory as possible. I believe that accessible information motivates success and always encourage others to focus on ability.

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