Just finished watching "Educating Yorkshire: One year on". Still feel great empathy for Musharaf.
People often ask me what it's like being dyslexic and it's like being Musharaf. All your will is constantly being exhausted trying to convert the pattern of a word into sounds. Once you have the disjointed sound you kind of have to remember which word that sounds most like before you can say it properly. It doesn't make any difference if I'm reading allowed or silently to myself. It's very frustrating. Over the years I've learnt what most of the words I use sound like but even now when I come across unfamiliar ones I'm right back where I started.
I use a screen reader now to help with this problem. Over the years my word vocabulary has increased and so too has the speed of my screen reader. "Normal" people talk about coping mechanisms and mine has enhanced itself to the point that I can be listening to the computer reading one piece of text really quickly while my eyes are reading another piece of text (less quickly but it still goes in). This means I can trawl the internet looking for solutions much quicker than everyone else. When I couple this technique with opening multiple tabs then it can make finding something ridiculously quick.
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