Helpers Assessments Why get an assessment? Being diagnosed with dyslexia can help you to understand your strengths, as well as why you might’ve struggled with things that others seem to find easy. A diagnosis can also help family, friends, school, TAFE, universities and employers to know how best to support you in your work, study and home life. It can also help when you need to apply for support services at TAFE or university. As a person who wasn’t diagnosed until my late 20s, I finally had an understanding of what was wrong with me, which helped me to get the support I needed at university. My diagnosis has also helped me to explain to employers that I have difficulties in some areas, but reassure them that I have the skills and support that I need to complete the work that they need. It’s important not to let your diagnosis become a psychological barrier: where you are the disability, rather than the disability being just a part of you. After my diagnosis, I grieved for what I felt I had missed if only I had been diagnosed earlier. I went through anger, depression and frustration before I got to: Acceptance – I still struggle with this, but I have accepted that I see the world a little differently to other people and that’s what makes the world go round. (And I still have bad days where I ring my mum and cry about it!) Dear Dyslexic encouraged me to get a formal assessment when I didn't think it was worth the money. The assessment gave me access to formal accommodations at university. It also helped me to understand my own specific strengths and weaknesses and find new strategies for myself. But most importantly, it helped me forgive myself for the things I struggle with and gain a new admiration for my own tenacity. That advice has changed my life for the better! Thanks so much for what you do! Lois, Dear Dyslexic Community Member Further information on assessments can be found here.