War of Words; Famous Dyslexics Include Entrepreneur Richard Branson, Author Agatha Christie and Prime Minister Winston Churchill Dyslexic Brummie Rose Rogers Blames Birmingham's Education Authority for the Misery She Encountered at School
Byline: MARTIN BANKS
Dyslexia could be wiped out within the next decade, experts believe. But medical breakthroughs have arrived too late for many adults who struggled through childhood without knowing what was wrong. MARTIN BANKS reports
ROSE Rogers had reached adulthood before she found out she was dyslexic. As a child, she had been placed in a unit for children with special needs, including mental and physical disabilities.
But it wasn't until 17 years after she was first assessed that her true condition was diagnosed. By now she was 27 years old.
Rose says the breakthrough came when a tutor at Bournville College, where she was trying to catch up on the schooling she had missed, sent her to see an educational psychologist when she failed a basic English test. He soon realised what the problem was. But by now, she had missed out on years of vital help.
Understandably bitter, Rose, from south Birmingham, is now planning to sue Birmingham Local Education Authority on the grounds that it failed to diagnose and cater for her special educational needs.
She says: 'It is just a pity that it took so long to spot. If the educational authorities had picked it up when I was at school, the necessary tuition could have been provided and I might have been able to progress at the same rate as my peers.'
Rose, one of six children, recalls how she used to dread receiving complicated instructions in the classroom and had problems spelling even the simplest of words. …