Minister: Dyslexic adults must be helped better

Minister for Children and Education Mattias Tesfaye believes that more needs to be done for dyslexic adults.

He calls a recommendation from the Reform Commission on just that “creative” and “interesting”.

The recommendation from the Reform Commission states that all parents of pupils who are tested for dyslexia in primary school must be offered screening and testing for dyslexia. Research has shown that dyslexia is hereditary.

The minister will take a closer look at the proposal and whether it will be possible to realize it in the real world, as he does not yet know whether there are any technical or legal challenges to implementing it.

– I agree with the Reform Commission that many adults have the challenge that they have never received help with their dyslexia, says the minister.

He believes that, for many, it is a matter of opening their eyes to the fact that you don’t necessarily have to sit on the school bench to learn to read and write, but that there are a number of technical aids.

In recent years, there have been several initiatives in this area from the political side. Since 2019, four dyslexia packages have been completed.

At the latest in the autumn, a broad majority in the Folketing agreed on Ordblindepakke IV.

Here, the primary focus was to help students with dyslexia through the education system and safely into adulthood.

– There have been initiatives aimed at dyslexic adults, but there has probably been a greater focus on the children. I have also been very concerned about that myself, says Tesfaye.

– I can say with great certainty that I want an increased focus on dyslexic adults.

– The specific proposal from the Reform Commission, we are taking a closer look at that.

Nota, Denmark’s library for people with reading difficulties, estimates that approximately seven percent of the Danish population is dyslexic. This corresponds to just over 400,000 Danes.

In the Ordblindeforeningen, they welcome all initiatives that benefit dyslexics in employment and education.

– We have undergone great development in the area. It has become easier to get help, and aids have become more available, says Gry Kaalund Nicolaisen, who is the head of the Dyslexia Association.

– It is still a taboo for a great many people, but it has become more taboo because you are not as visible as you were before, when you really stood out as a dyslexic.


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