Julia Brown has drawn on her experiences with learning disabilities to highlight the benefits of art education for others facing similar struggles.
Diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Irlen Syndrome two-years-ago, the 22-year-old from Leeds says she was often called ‘slow’ in school because she found it difficult to read and write.
But after discovering her artistic talent, she’s now showing how a creative education can unlock people’s hidden potential.
‘I got told I was ‘stupid’ and always felt that my poor performance was my fault. My self-esteem was so low,’ explains Julia.
‘Fortunately, I was able to find a way to express myself by creating art. It gave me the confidence to try and do better in other subjects.
'I think people will be surprised by my story because despite everything I went through, I actually achieved high grades.
‘If the benefits of arts were valued, it could be a great way to improve self-esteem, leading to a more enriched education for everyone.’
Julia has helped to produce a film with Fixers, which she intends to share with schools.
Featuring in it herself, she explains how art education can help others like her to become more confident and believe in their ability.
Watch the film 'Learning Disabilities and Art' at the top of this page.
‘I absolutely love the film,’ adds Julia.
‘Fixers helped me explain how art has changed my life and how people with learning disabilities can achieve great things.
‘This was a topic I often found myself frustrated with every time I tried to talk about it alone.
‘It’s all about learning to value yourself as someone who is not “stupid” or “slow”, something which is very hard when it’s all you’ve heard yourself being called for so many years.’
This Fixers campaign is supported by Comic Relief.
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