Offaly Paramedic Says Dyslexia Shouldn’t Stop Your Path To Success

Written 5 months ago by Angel Croitor

“For someone with any kind of a disability – they usually have a poor self esteem and that’s a big thing we see in people with dyslexia.”

Gearóid Oman, an advanced paramedic who suffers from dyslexia, spoke to Midlands Today with Will Faulkner about the hurdles and the daily obstacles people with his disability suffer from.

He was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 17 but suspected that he suffered from dyslexia from a much younger age. But first – how can we best describe dyslexia? Let Gearóid explain it best!

“For some people its just a cognitive linking in of information – just not going into the brain and settling it quite right – and then there’s others who actually see words move around on the page so the concentration takes an awful lot longer to actually figure out the information, bring it to the brain, process it and then regurgitate it.”

While he was in school Gearóid was made to stay back a year in fifth class instead of being taught the same information in a different way – the process of which teachers and instructors nowadays understand and approach students who may be suffering from dyslexia.

He tells us that he didn’t even know that there was a problem with learning. He spent whole hours of homework crying at the table and things dragging out where everyone else seemed to pull off with ease such as spelling. As Gearóid says “if it’s normal its the norm” so he had no way of knowing until he saw other children with their parents breezing through assignments at home. His own parents weren’t aware of his underlying learning disabilities.

He says that he was embarassed to admit that he was suffering from dyslexia at a later stage in his life and that’s understandable. The sufferers try very hard in school to do their best and they can’t seem to reap their hard earned rewards. Groups such as Offaly Dyslexia Group are there for sufferers to come forward and learn how to deal with their disability emotionally and academically.

“Within a couple of years one of the biggest feedbacks is not necessarily how much they’ve jumped in education but how much they’ve jumped in confidence and that alone links back in.”