Sally Close

I cannot enter the competition as I don’t identify as personally having a learning difficulty. I identify as a parent of a child with Dyslexia.

We have a family history of neurodiversity/learning difficulties in both my family and in my son’s dad’s family.

I have experienced firsthand the challenges and impacts Dyslexia can have on family dynamics, personal relationships, education and work environments.

I have also experienced the benefits and desirable advantages Dyslexia can bring when individual strengths are encouraged, differences are accommodated for and self-esteem is nourished.

 My intention is that my portrait communicates both the complexity that comes with Dyslexia along with the enlightenment and endless possibilities that can be uncovered through its diversity.

People cannot see from just seeing my face everything that is going on. This is also true for Dyslexia; it is an invisible condition and it is so much more than people assume like flipping letters.

My face is calm, and my eyes are knowing, there is slight expression of sadness – as I know there are many neurodiverse people who need help and are in environments that are not helping them thrive.

My mind is busy with networks that are all interconnecting, there is a lot of effort and positive energy happening. The world is changing, and people are moving with it in a positive direction.

I am pleased to be working with many amazing organisations like Dear Dyslexic and collaborating with people that are working towards improving neurodiversity awareness and taking action for a more inclusive world.