Rob Jones

What an amazing tale. Jay Blades is a shining example to every child out there who sees no purpose in reading or bins literacy as boring. The presenter of BBC TV hit – The Repair Shop – Jay admitted to his challenge with dyslexia and at 51 he garnered a desire to gain literacy skills that he has previously not had. As an affable, skilled chap Jay has overcome other hurdles during his days. A recent BBC small screen exclusive – Jay Blades: Learning to read at 51 – had this gent of five decades tackling reading tests and coming through with flying colours. There were obstacles but he did not flinch and displayed both a passion and purpose to his quest.

Words have a purpose and written language has to be explored so many times as an adult. That means bills, travel, medicines, appointments, driving, shopping, directions, recipes, education, employment, allergies, instructions, finances, the Internet and so much more.

The goal to achieve vocabulary maintenance in its printed form is imperative as a child and the knowledge about dyslexia management can help and make those additional hurdles more accessible. It is not easy but the ability to impart the information about the importance of reading and its many purposes in the challenges of life is as significant as the learning process. To get that input in the juvenile stages is the ideal path to progress because as an adult and with the other demands of making ends meet it becomes so much more difficult.

However, it is well done to Jay and others who are post 16 who take up the mantle in order to gain a necessary skill that can only enhance our existences.

There were threads in this moving story that confirmed that the work of non-profit, fundraising group World of Words (WOW) has been enrichening and enlightening to many many lives – and, long may this trend continue. We have also worked with adults and taken on extra goals in the quest to help as wide a range of folk as we can. May more schools benefit from our personal provisions and with the backlog in development caused by the pandemic let’s hope that the WOW factor can be employed to an even wider audience.

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