Once upon a time in the magical land of Dyslexia Scotland. An annual meeting was being held up in Sterling, or have I spelt this wrong and it should be Stirling? This meeting had a guest speaker by the name of David Yeoman.
David was a tall thin man with distinctive yellow glasses. These help with Meares Irlen Syndrome also known as visual stress. As he introduced himself, he explained that not only did he have dyslexia. He also had dyspraxia and autism as part of his condition.
He was telling us stories about growing up and struggling with what should be simple tasks. An example of this was tying his shoelaces. We could all relate to his stories and struggles of growing up in a world that makes you feel very stupid.
Warrior of Light
The reason this talk came to mind was that I had come across one of my old dyslexic voice magazines. This had his article on What is the Warrior of Light. This written piece goes onto describe how to become a Warrior of Light. It explains the struggles the warrior goes through. The wonder, losing faith and battling on.
He also went on to inspire us with his achievements despite all the struggles. Told us stories of working for the BBC. He explained how he managed to help turn Hibernian around with positive thoughts. I remember this well when going to Hampden to watch them win the cup. I still like wearing the scarf I had for the match to this day. Rangers fans still come up to me and say, what’s that round your neck? My standard reply is it’s a scarf. The conversation turns to what’s it doing there? My reply is keeping my neck warm. A confused look comes over the fans at this point and tells me off for being a Celtic supporter. I confuse them even more by saying I don’t support Celtic. Friends from our opposite team Hearts say I have a problem with my neck and need to go to a doctor.
It was wonderful talking to David and his use of visuals as he went further on with his talk. He told us all that it was wonderful to have a safe environment. Where you can all talk about your frustrations about being dyslexic. Where you support one another with the struggles of not fitting into society. A society which can make you feel so isolated. I would say if you ever get a chance to meet David Yeoman you will find an inspirational gentleman.