Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014 Celebrating Dyslexia day 7 of 7

Toshie & David Edwards
David pictured wiht his wife Toshie here at Dyslexia Information Day 12 18th October 2014 at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale Photograph by Ryan Biggs.

Welcome to day 7 of 7 of my celebrating dyslexia for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014!

Today I bring I’d like to introduce you to someone who is as passionate about enabling our fellow dyslexics as I am . . .

David Edwards – Dragon Dave

Age (optional):

Business name:
David Edwards

A brief description of what you/your business do/does:
Computer trainer on all areas of Assistive Technology on Windows and Apple Mac

Area you live/your business is based:
I live in the West Midlands. I cover West Midlands and London

When did you find out you were dyslexic?
1998 – I was assessed for Dyslexia but it wasn’t explained clearly in plain English what it all meant – even my dad was struggling to understand where we went from here.

2007 – on my 43rd birthday, I met Brian Hagan who completely changed my life in one day – he explained everything about my dyslexia report, in plain English – this should have been done by my assessor 9.5 years earlier.

How did you feel when you found out you were dyslexic?
1998 – relieved – it answered a lot of questions.
26 June 2007 at 10am –best birthday present ever – at 10am I went into the meeting with Brian Hagan feeling a total loser, signed off with stress by doctor, on anti depressesants and going through a course of counselling.

26 June 2007 at 5pm – a totally different person, a lot more self confident, knowing I was perfectly normal for a dyslexic. Before 26 June 2007, I would hide my dyslexia. After 26 June 2007, I am very open about it and sell dyslexia to other people in a very positive light.

What difference has it made, if any, to your life /business since you found out you are dyslexic?
I now know how to manage my dyslexia a lot better and to not be self critical.

What advice would you offer to other dyslexics?
You are as good as anyone else – if Ron Dennis, the MD at McLaren Cars Formula One and Richard Branson can do it – so can you.

In the words of Ron Dennis from Car magazine in 1994 he said something along the lines of:
“With hard work, you can achieve anything. The reason people fail is because they aren’t prepared to put the work in”.

What do you do to relax/hobbies?
Drinking wine, studying Japanese, visiting Japan and of course, computers.

Anything you want to add?
With the correct support, a dyslexic person is equally as capable as a non-dyslexic person. In fact, a dyslexic person is better in some areas than their non-dyslexic peers.

It’s highly important that both the employer AND employee are fully educated in what dyslexia means in theory AND in practice.

Due to not understanding my dyslexia, I have been a whisker away from a nervous breakdown four times in order to discover the above statements.

Dyslexia is neither a sign of laziness nor a lack of intelligence.
Most people I help are highly intelligent and have great entrepreneurial skills. In the correct environment, they are more successful than non dyslexic peers – often because the think and operate in different way to non dyslexics.

Your website & business contact details:
0750 222 0175

Eli’s Note:
David is an excellent trainer, he has trained me how to use Dragon Naturally Speaking and I found him to be very very good at what he does… David even trained my father too. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to use Dragon and remember what they have been taught!

David pictured with his wife Toshie
David pictured with his wife Toshie here at Dyslexia Information Day 12 18th October 2014 at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale Photograph by Ryan Biggs.


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By Elizabeth Wilkinson

Since entering the field of dyslexia back in 2000, The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant - Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE, has worked with and provided support for thousands of people, including businesses, families, and educators.