After setting up a support group to bring people with dyspraxia together, Fixer Ben Wearn from Cambridge is looking to grow their numbers.
The 23-year-old wants more people to come forward to share their experiences of the disorder, which can have an impact on coordination, spatial awareness and the ability to communicate.
‘Dyspraxia affects me on a daily basis, especially when it comes to doing certain tasks that other people find easy,’ says Ben, who was diagnosed with dyspraxia when he was four.
‘I hope to help others overcome these difficulties and find coping mechanisms.’
Ben’s story was featured on ITV News Anglia in February 2014. Watch his TV film here.
With Fixers, Ben has created a series of posters to raise awareness of dyspraxia and promote his support group - Cambridge Dyspraxics.
Each poster features a comic strip depicting challenges faced by those living with the condition.
Characters are shown finding it difficult to distinguish between left and right, struggling to judge the speed of a car and having problems with coordination.
The posters then explain more about the disorder and provide contact details for the support group on tear-off strips.
Scroll down to see the posters at the bottom of this page.
‘I want the posters to advertise the group and encourage others with dyspraxia to join us on Facebook or get in touch via email to find out when the next meeting is,' adds Ben.
‘I also hope the cartoon images will help people better understand the things dyspraxics find difficult.'
Ben would like the posters displayed in GP surgeries, hospitals, colleges and universities as well as at local youth service, Centre 33 and at Townley Hall in Fulbourn.
‘I feel that the people who have joined and attended the support group already have benefited and made new friends,’ he explains.
‘I hope to continue to make dyspraxia better known and to raise awareness.
‘I want those who join the group to realise that they aren’t the only ones who struggle.’
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Fixer Jessica Starns also believes in the benefits of support groups
for people with dyspraxia. Take a look at her guide.