Although I’ve always been very good at dealing with people and getting them to talk to me, I’ve struggled with reading, spelling and writing for most of my life. At school my difficulties were not recognised so I just did my best to muddle through. When I started working, I did well because my people skills enabled me to progress. However, promotion often involved doing more paperwork and this continued to cause me problems.
My current job is with Safer Places, a charitable organisation that supports victims of domestic abuse. I originally joined the organisation as a volunteer, but my role has grown and so I am required to do more administrative work; in other words, more writing.
I was given the opportunity to have an assessment to find out what might be causing my difficulties. I was referred to About-Dyslexia and specifically to Maz. He asked me to fill in some questionnaires and then he came to see me at work. We spent half a day doing the assessment and at the end of the process he explained that I was dyslexic and dyspraxic.
Maz was very helpful. At the start of the assessment I was feeling very anxious because I didn’t know what to expect from the assessment, but Maz put me at ease., He explained everything to me and he gave me clear instructions before each task. We worked for about 3 hours and at the end Maz explained my condition.
Maz was able to advise me on where to go for more help and what I could do to help myself as well. I am now able to get the help I need, to work more confidently and to prosper in my role. I’m getting great support from my organisation and adapting to new ways of working. I’m also using assistive software which allows me to work more independently, without having to ask my colleagues to proof read my letters and emails. I feel so much more confident than before and I’m looking forward to a brighter future.
I always found academia very difficult and I always worked harder than other students yet I only achieved mediocre results.
Over the past few years I decided that I wanted to study medicine but to do this I would need to pass GCSE English. I learned more about dyslexia when I met a mature student who was on the same English course as me. She was dyslexic and she told me about dyslexia. As she described the signs dyslexia to me, I realised that I shared many of the characteristics. For example, I needed to read text at least twice to understand it and my reading was much slower than my peers. My short term memory is very bad, and I need to concentrate much more than others to understand what is being taught. I am heavily reliant on spell checker when I’m writing something so I tend to use computers more than others
As I had made the decision to study medicine, I thought I should get tested as medicine is an intense programme and I needed to find ways of overcoming my dyslexia in order to succeed. I wanted to get help and support to improve my skills and I needed extra time in exams to demonstrate my knowledge. I’ve also learned that there is financial support available towards the cost of equipment and tuition that will aid learning and help me to succeed.
I looked online and found About Dyslexia which looked like a very professional organisation. I also chose About Dyslexia because I wanted the assessment to be done by a psychologist as they have access to tests that others cannot use.
It was very easy to make an appointment to get tested. Dr Maz Mohamedali (the psychologist) was flexible with dates and accommodated my needs.
On the day of my assessment I was met by Maz. He was very friendly and welcoming and he had organised the details such a parking space. We started the assessment and he was very thoughtful from the start; for example, he explained I could take breaks if I needed to. He was very thorough and from the start I felt confident that he was highly professional and he knew what he was doing.
We went through the assessment with breaks in between. The assessment took around 4-5 hours. At the end of the assessment we went through my results and Maz explained why they confirmed I was dyslexic. He went through all the points with me. He described the help and support I could get at work or at university. He also re-assured me about my abilities and explained that the diagnosis would not hinder my chances of studying medicine.
I asked Maz if he could write the report for me within the week. He didn’t promise me he could, but he said he would do his best. Few days later I received an email from Maz with the completed report. It was more than 30 pages long, and all of it had been written for me. It was not a templated report like some of the ones I had seen before.
All in all, I’m very happy with Maz and would recommend anyone going to him for an assessment. He cares deeply about what he does and he is a professional.
Thank you Maz
Thank you so much for all your help last year. We wanted to share some good news!
Harry has achieved two A stars at A-level, and has been given a place on his first choice course. He will be studying joint honours Politics and Philosophy at Sussex, and he is over the moon. He loved the course and campus but wasn’t sure he had a chance.
The assessment process and diagnosis really helped Harry by identifying, at the age of almost 17, various difficulties that he had lived with for years but had not previously understood. Your input gave him the confidence and understanding to work really hard and to discover alternative study methods that would help him to succeed.
We used the assessment report to apply for Disabled Students’ allowance (DSA). The DSA assessment went really well and he is going to be given a lot of support at university – they seem to be well set up for his dyspraxia needs.
Once again, thank you. We are immensely grateful, and would wholeheartedly recommend your services to others.