This week’s podcast is a conversation with Arran Smith about his life with dyslexia. Arran Smith classes himself as one of the 4% of the population as a severely dyslexic adult.

When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him all the way until he was 14. This was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference, not a disadvantage.

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries. He has worked in youth work, retail business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic Arran uses technology to support his needs and without technology, he would not be doing what he is doing today.

Useful Links

Virtual SEND Conference –

The Dyslexia Show (was the 20th and 21st of March 2020, but has been postponed) –

Contacting Arran



Twitter: @arrandyslexia

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