This past week (4th – 10th) October has been Dyspraxia Awareness Week! For this year’s awareness week, each day I’ve been sharing an image with a fact/some information about dyspraxia on my social media accounts. I thought I’d also share them on my blog.Continue reading “Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2020”
So, it’s been a while! January, in fact, was the last time I blogged! It’s been a very busy year for me as I’ve been studying for my Master’s degree. Normally I get to have a break over the summer, but my dissertation was due at the end of August – so not this time! A week after submitting my dissertation, I started my new job as a Learning Support Assistant. So now I’m getting used to the routine of that, I’m hoping to start blogging more regularly again. I have missed blogging!
What better timing to get back into blogging than now, with it being Dyspraxia Awareness Week this week? The focus of this year’s awareness week is adults. So, as an adult who has dyspraxia – I thought I would write a blog on 10 things I wish people knew about dyspraxia. Generally, I have found that as I’ve got older I have been surrounded by more understanding people – so some of these things are based more on past experiences. Other things come from knowing others with dyspraxia and the experiences they’ve had. Nonetheless, they are still things that I feel are important for people to know about dyspraxia.
As soon as I saw that Melanie Jessica was looking to feature a few bloggers who have less spoken about difficulties, such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, autism and ADHD I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise awareness! Here’s the post I’ve written on dyspraxia: https://melaniewithanie.com/2019/01/30/dyspraxia/
I really enjoyed writing this post! Well, I enjoy writing all my posts (of course!) but it was great to go back to how I started my blog – with giving a more general overview of dyspraxia.
Hope you enjoy reading it!
Finally, a new blog post! Apologies for how long it has been since my last blog post. I can’t believe the last time I wrote a blog post was in August! I’ve been so busy with uni that I just haven’t had time to blog. I’m planning to blog more over the summer though, I have quite a few ideas and much more time to write them (although saying that, I’ve actually been really busy since finishing my exams last month!)
So for this blog post I thought I’d update you all on what I’ve been doing in terms of awareness raising since I last blogged.
A few weeks ago my Dad came up with an interesting way of describing how my brain works. He said it’s a bit like my brain has to be programmed to do certain things and it has to be practiced again and again for it to sink in, but once it does sink in I can do it. However, if part of the situation changes my brain has to be reprogrammed again. I also seem to say certain things in the same way every time, it’s as though my brain is reducing the amount it has to think about at once by having certain areas which have certain ways of thinking.
Something I’ve noticed over the years is that my dyspraxia affects me differently. It’s not the dyspraxia itself that changes – dyspraxia isn’t a condition that gets progressively worse or better – it’s the environment and the challenges that come with that environment.
This last weekend was a very dyspraxic weekend! And no, I didn’t keep tripping over things or getting my words muddled up…that wasn’t quite what I meant! On Saturday I went to the Dyspraxia Foundation’s AGM/Conference in London and on Sunday I took part in the British Vitality 10k, again in London, to raise money for the Dyspraxia Foundation.
In just 40 days (10th July) I will be walking the Vitality British 10k in London to help raise funds and awareness for the Dyspraxia Foundation. My Just Giving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Natalie-Williams24.
This week (2nd-8th April) is World Autism Awareness Week! My little brother, Ramsey, was diagnosed with autism just over a year ago. If you would like to read the blog post I wrote for last year’s autism awareness week, here is the link: https://theblogwithonepost.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/world-autism-awareness-week/
I used to hear people emphasise how much more important autism acceptance is than awareness, and if I’m being honest, this used to confuse me. I would think “But surely if people are aware of autism then they will be understanding?” It’s not until you have a family member with autism, or are autistic yourself, that you really gain an insight into the difference. Whilst I still believe awareness is very important, so is acceptance.
As I’ve mentioned before in my blog, I was diagnosed with dyspraxia at an early age. In fact, I found out the exact date the other day – 20th July 2000, which is when I was 3 years old. Growing up with dyspraxia, I always thought it was rare and I think my parents thought the same too. I didn’t know anyone else who had dyspraxia, and no-one else seemed to know what it was or had even heard of it before. At the start of secondary school, when I also started to take part in disability athletics I began to hear of other people who had dyspraxia too. I then realised that maybe it wasn’t as rare as I had originally thought…