Support for dyslexia sufferers in Wales must be given a proper statutory footing – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
Yesterday in the Senedd – Mr Davies raised the issue with First Minister Carwyn Jones – pointing to the situation in other countries across Europe.
He described the support available in Italy and Switzerland – where there is a far stronger focus on diagnosis.
Affected children are also given statutory rights to dispensatory and compensatory assistance during all stages of education – including at university.
The AM – who suffers from dyslexia himself – spoke of his own experiences – and said it was vital future generations had better support.
Mr Davies said, “As someone who suffers from dyslexia – I know the challenges it can cause – including one famous incident confusing Brexit with the first meal of the day.
“But in all seriousness – dyslexia sufferers face many difficulties – especially throughout their education. It’s therefore vital we place greater emphasis on diagnosis – and ensure sufferers get the support they need.
“Yesterday – I raised this with the First Minister – and urged him to ensure a proper legislative framework is in place.”
Mr Davies recently visited Tomorrow’s Generation – a specialist learning centre for dyslexic children and young people in Lisvane.
The centre was founded by businessman Anders Hedlund – whose IG Design Group employs 500 staff in South Wales and 3000 worldwide.
Both men vowed to work together to increase the support available – and plan to launch a petition to the Assembly on the issue.
Mr Hedlund said, “The meeting was a great success and I’m extremely encouraged to have found a politician so passionate about dyslexia.
“For the first time – I now see the potential for Wales to become a leader in research and awareness for dyslexia – and working with Andrew on this will be a huge leap forward.”
[Picture: Andrew RT Davies AM with Anders Hedlund (first left) and the team at Tomorrow’s Generation Learning Centre in Lisvane]