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Dyslexia can be a gift, but only with the right opportunities
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Dyslexia can be a gift, but only with the right opportunities

After years of struggle, hard work, and coffee, today my dream finally sunk in: I’m going to Cambridge. My place was confirmed some months ago, but the significance only really hit me on an open day visit to my home for the next three years. Born dyslexic (the local state school calmly reassured my parents that I was just ‘stupid’), I cannot describe the magnitude of this step for me. I was fortunate enough to go to The Unicorn School, Abingdon, a specialist school for those with specific learning difficulties, which both nurtured and tormented me as I grew up. A school of fewer than a hundred people can be both magnificent and stifling, but it was an invaluable experience that was only made possible by my grandmother's savings. I was, however, blissfully unaware of this at the ...