Many people won’t know much about Irlen Syndrome. It’s a type of visual perception difficulty and is something I was diagnosed with earlier this year. I also have autism.
I wish it had been spotted sooner, as I’m convinced this could’ve helped me when I was at school.
I found learning difficult. Reading books was a challenge as the words seemed to move around on the page.
I also found I was particularly sensitive to bright light and discovered that the syndrome tends to alter the way people see things.
Since my diagnosis, I’ve been given coloured glasses. These enable me to see more clearly and read things more easily.
With Fixers, I’ve helped create a booklet to raise awareness of Irlen Syndrome, highlighting its signs and symptoms.
I’m hoping that if people have a better idea of what to look out for, then others with Irlen Syndrome might receive a diagnosis and the help they need sooner.
Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:
Bournemouth Learning Disability Community Team My local Learning Disability Community Team have supported my Fix. A number of their social workers have provided me with assistance throughout the project.
December 2014My Fixers booklet explaining Irlen Syndrome and highlighting its signs and symptoms is now complete. Read it below.
Shak & Natasha
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.