The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Ms. O' Dwyers College Blog

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Over the weekend I saw ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia’ movie advertised in my local cinema. Straight away I was hooked so I decided to look it up when I went home. ‘The Big Picture’  illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.

Dyslexia is something which I pay a lot of attention to, as I myself suffer from Dyslexia. However, it was never picked up by teachers. I always knew I had it as I struggled with reading, writing and maths problems. I constantly got frustrated when learning and always mixed numbers and letters up.

‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic people, such as Sir Richard Branson. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture…

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Designing a Universal Home, a Home for Everyone

Non-excluding Design

As previously mentioned in the previous post that I posted about the elderly, elderly people are not disabled people. And they should not be discriminated from anything. It is true that when a person gets older, he or she can face a few problems, but this issue cannot be generalized. According to, a informative website in the medical field, “The number of people aged 65 and over is estimated to increase by 65% in the next 25 years, with a doubling of the number of people aged >85 years”  (Disability in Older People, 2010). This makes us wonder, will the elderly be able to combat the challenges that they might have in a house that was not built to be universal? It is very vital to consider designing a universal house for all ages. As a person grows older, he or she might get married and have kids, then…

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A weekend in Paris with Louise and my wheelchair! Part 2: Exploring Paris

Random Andy Stuff

We woke up fairly early on Lou’s birthday, and after a time opening presents we headed out into the city.  Given the long journey the day before we were surprisingly awake after a good night’s sleep, and as soon as we walked/wheeled out into the summer sunshine we felt ready for the long day ahead.  

Today’s route takes us past The Louvre to Notre Dame, along the river to the Musee d’Orsay, to the Place de la Concorde and Tuileries Garden before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner!

First stop was breakfast – we found a nice cafe near the river on the eastern side of The Louvre, just a couple of minutes from our hotel.  The interior was accessible, like many of the eateries we came across, with a nice outdoor seating area too.

Following our crepe-based breakfast and feeling nice and energetic, we…

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Love Without Eyes Chapter Three

Joseyphina's World


“Where are you going in such a hurry?” Allen asked. Lucia turned to look at him.
“Work, where else? Something you should be busy looking for yourself,” Lucia said as she hastily applied make-up to her face.
“I wonder why you take time to make up your face when only sick and dying people will be the ones to look at you.”
“That may be true; with my lovely face, I would help put a smile on someone’s face and help someone remember how life outside the hospital is.”
“Life as in making up your face?”
“Part of it, yes.” Allen snorted. Lucia took her phone and keys from the bedpost.
“I might come home rather late tonight.”
“But we’re going to the movies tonight.”
“We can always go another time. See you, Allen,” she said and kissed his cheek.

Lucia entered Ted’s room to find a lot of…

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Goalball: A Sport for the Blind

Goalball, July 15, 2011. Germany vs Japan. Players are either blind or partially blind, and all wear blindfolds to ensure they’re only playing with their sense of hearing and sense of touch. 3 players to a side guarding a 9m (29.5ft) wide goal from a 1.25kg (2.75lb) bell-filled ball that can be hurled at over 80kph (50mph).