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Dyspraxia and Me by Fiona Brown

As a small child of almost three I had a virus that changed my life forever. It left me with a disability that predominantly impacts on the right side of my body, but you cannot see it. Its name is dyspraxia.  fiona

As a result, my coordination as a child was hopeless – tie my shoelaces or write my name when I started school, no chance. However, fall over my own reflection, you bet. Even though I learnt to write my name, my writing is super tiny and has led to many to complain as they are unable to read it, whereas I am glad I can write at all.

I became determined to prove those that ever doubted me wrong. As a child the lack of understanding of dyspraxia meant many thought, I was stupid or be lucky to gain any qualifications. In 2010 I achieved a PhD in geography (environmental archaeology), an incredible achievement in anyone’s life.

The main problem with dyspraxia being labelled a learning difficulty is people think when you leave school you grow out of it. The word developmental is also used with dyspraxia, which again suggests as a woman in her 40s I should be not having the issues I do.

Trying to navigate an adult world when it leaves you super sensitive and don’t always process what someone says above noise can be humiliating and frustrating. I have faced and continue to face invisible barriers as I have an invisible disability. However, by talking about it, raising awareness, we can end the stigma of invisible disabilities.


Thank you for sharing! It is world the majority of should strive to understand the best we can.

Comment by David Nasseri on November 18, 2021 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for talking about this, Fiona. I’ve learnt something from you today. You’re an inspiration!

Comment by Julie van den Driesche on November 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Thank you for your kind comments

Comment by Fi Brown on November 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm

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