16th July 1999
FIRST CLASS HONOURS FOR DYSLEXIC STUDENT
A severely dyslexic Bridlington man who left school with two CSEs will graduate with a first-class honours degree and a prize from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
Andrew Long, 38, was encouraged to do the BA (Hons) Business Information Systems by the Dyslexic Institute and later used his new skills to develop computer software to help other students in his situation.
“I would say to any dyslexic teenager thinking about their education that you should just go for it,” said Andrew. “ It was very difficult but I was absolutely determined.”
Andrew used several reader trainers to help him get through the work including his wife Denise.
Reading trainers are permanently needed for dyslexics of any age but Andrew has developed software to enable those with the condition to learn more independently.
“Dyslexics see words as pictures, so teachers read out sounds to break down the word into syllables,” said Andrew, who also has a genetic spinal disability. “The programme I wrote as part of my studies will help in this process and is already being used by the institute.”
Now Andrew is reaping the benefits of his leap into the unknown three years ago and hopes to either continue his studies to a higher level or find work in his area of study.
Andrew will receive his British Petroleum Business Information Systems prize jointly with fellow first-class honours graduate Clint Garnett at Hull City Hall on 22nd July at 11am.
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