SID Project

Case Studies

As the SID Project continues to support Dyslexic people, we have seen how the condition affects people from all walks of life. Below we have collected a selection of stories from those suffering with Dyslexia, and how our work has been invaluable in getting their lives and careers back on track.

 

Daniel, 19 years old

When Daniel left school, he left with no qualifications, no experience and no confidence. Whilst his dyslexia and its effect on his literacy had hit Daniel’s self-esteem hard, his awareness of the condition was next to nothing.

Meeting the SID Project marked a major turnaround in Daniel’s life – we explained dyslexia and its effects to him, and introduced him to assistive technology that would make job searching easier.

Suddenly Daniel could look for work without needing his mother’s help – additionally, our coping strategies (such as phone reminders) allowed him to keep on top of his Job Centre appointments and avoid sanctions.

Daniel is now working on earning a plastering qualification to improve his C.V. and has developed the confidence to attend appointments and be open about his dyslexia.   

 

 

 

Katherine, 52 years old

Following several years on sickness benefits, Katherine suddenly found herself on Job Seekers Allowance. She was now expected to complete job applications that proved too difficult for her due to her dyslexia.

This in turn led to Katherine developing severe anxiety about possible sanctions. Katherine came to SID for help with her literacy difficulties, but found herself interested in support through Assistive Technology.

To begin, we worked with Katherine to develop her IT ability, so she could navigate through the Universal Job Match website by herself. Speech-to-text technology allowed Katherine to easily input words, search for jobs and complete applications with no stress.

Thanks to our help, Katherine now has far less anxiety about sanctions, and much more confidence in her power to find work.

 

  

  

 

 

Jack, 24 years old

Despite being diagnosed in school, Jack did not understand exactly the impact his dyslexia had on his life, as he avoided any situations where reading and writing would be required of him.

With no work experience, however, it would be necessary for Jack to confront his dyslexia to begin his ideal career as a doorman. SID worked alongside Jack to earn him the necessary qualification and license, helping him navigate the written elements of his tests via 1:1 support and practise tests.

Eventually, when Jack took his test and underwent the required training, he did it with less help from SID than previously expected – the relationships and support from SID proved to be a major boost to his confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Inclusion for Dyslexia,
North East Business & Innovation Centre,
Enterprise Park East,
Wearfield,
Sunderland,
SR5 2TA

Contact: 07971166190 / 07456308249