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  • It’s Leap Year and I’m leafing through Google, trying to find Leap year statistics for my youngest, now 15. He’s a Leap Year kid which is kind of special – celebrating on his proper birth date once every four years – he’ll be forever young as he’ll celebrate his 21st birthday in 2080! He loves art, so I asked him to draw me a picture for this story – anything he fancied – he was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was about 7. The system was prepared to push him to one side – he was frustrated and he suffered. We changed his school and he got help.

    Today he is a proud reader. It’s still hard work but he’s a hard worker! He is determined not to become one of the 25% of adults living in Ireland who have literacy difficulties.

    Watching him progress and develop confidence made me wonder how people with literacy difficulties function in today’s society. The world must be a tough place when you can’t decode. Think about it. Reading labels, buses, social networking and so forth. How adults can function remains a mystery to me. People have told me they feel shame – they forget the system failed them and not the other way around. I have told myself for many years that I would attempt to become a literacy tutor.

    So, when I came across the Leap Project, Victor’s comments inspired me to make this the year to make that Leap. I’m nervous, but excited. It’s going to be a challenge – I’ve no experience teaching adults (it’s different with your own child) but I’m really looking forward to it. I start my training next weekend.

    I look forward to sharing this journey with you all.
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