16th December 2019 by Catia Neves
Jamie Crabb was 27 when he was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia during his second attempt at studying an MA at university.
“At first I felt overwhelmed getting a diagnosis,” Jamie says. He was provided with specialist 1:1 dyslexia support including Assistive Technology training from D&A and found the help invaluable and went on to get a distinction in his course, which he credits the support of his university and D&A for.
Since then, Jamie has worked in the education and therapy sector and now works as a mental health mentor and specialist dyslexia tutor at D&A, alongside working as a counsellor.
So what is it like to have student support through D&A?
“What is most important is receiving empathy, understanding and experiencing a connection with someone who works alongside you. What D&A offers are people with lived experiences, genuineness and a person-centred and holistic approach which enables people to thrive.
“You’ll develop skills that continue long after your study, which you can carry around throughout your life. You can let go of ways that haven’t been working for you and replace them with new strategies that work well for you,” Jamie adds.
So what makes D&A different?
“D&A is a community which is unique. What’s lovely about that is that many of us started off as students getting help through D&A and we later became trainers. There is a whole community of support here,” Jamie says.