A CHARITY wants to reach out to people with dyslexia and help teach them how to cope better.
The condition can affect up to 10 per cent of the population, and the Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire estimates that 25,000 people have the illness in Stoke-on-Trent alone.
most common trouble that Dyslexics may have is reading fluently, despite normal
However, the difficulties that dyslexia can bring stretch beyond just reading and writing. Memory, organisational skills and even direction can be affected.
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Tricia Budd, chair of the Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire, said: "If we are lucky enough to get the funding then it will allow us to reach out across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire to identify and help people with dyslexia.
"It is not just children who need help – it affects people of all ages.
"People often just think we help young people, but there are many adults who find they have it.
"We help them with everyday tasks and give them ways to manage their dyslexia.
"It can be something as simple as what it says on the side of a bus. It's amazing the difference that simple techniques can have on people's lives.
"We want to empower individuals to achieve their full potential in education, employment and everyday life."
Sandra Sherratt, a project coordinator for the association, said: "I became involved after the group helped my family. It's important to raise awareness and help those who are affected by dyslexia.
"It has a massive impact on people. For example, being able to write their name and address for the first time in their life, finding work, reading to their grandchild or having the confidence to continue with their education.
"These are things that most people take for granted, but that can be difficult for those with dyslexia.
"And you often find that it affects families the most. When a child is identified you may then find other siblings or parents get tested and find they have it too.
"It is important to support the whole family to understand dyslexia and how they can manage it.
"People need help beyond just literacy support.
"We just try and give them strategies to help them with their everyday lives.
"Dyslexia is not something that can be cured, so you have to learn to live with it in the best ways that you can."
The association, which is applying for £11,340, has a helpline and also runs workshops where they help people to plan their time and journeys so that they can find their way, teach techniques to help poor memory, help with reading and writing, show maths shortcuts and demonstrate technology that can make life easier.