South Scotland MSP, Claudia Beamish, this week hosted a Parliamentary reception in support of NFU Scotland’s Farming with Dyslexia campaign, which was sponsored with NFU Mutual.
The event, attended by farmers, MSPs and other stakeholders, drew attention to the specific difficulties that some farmers have with dyslexia and the need for proper support.
It is estimated that one in 10 people in Scotland are on the dyslexic spectrum. However, recent research by the SRUC confirmed that a quarter of its current intake of agriculture students are dyslexic. The condition often goes undiagnosed due to the stigma and the misunderstandings about the condition.
A dedicated phone number is available for NFUS members who would like more information on the campaign, or who would like assistance by calling 07775 804 717.
Speaking after the event, Claudia Beamish said: “As someone who is on the dyslexic spectrum myself I know how frustrating it can be trying to fill out forms or deal with numbers. That is the reality for many farmers who have to struggle through complex applications for funding and other administrative tasks.
“It was good to hear from farmers on the night such as Sandy McCreath from Galloway who told us first-hand how he has had to deal with the condition. I’m concerned at the high number of farmers between the ages of 50 and 60 who have not had a diagnosis but even when the condition is known about, most people don’t know where to turn for support.”