Dyslexic student up for major award

A dyslexic University of Derby student has been nominated for a UK award recognising inspirational people tackling social issues

BA (Hons) Education Studies degree student, Sarah Chapman also recently launched ‘Young Dyslexics’, a national dyslexia awareness initiative for UK schools, through the Dyslexia Association (which Sir Paul is patron of) where she volunteers.

The initiative has been supported by actor and writer Henry Winkler, best known as TV’s ‘The Fonz’, himself a dyslexic.

Sarah’s nomination is in the ‘Positive Role Model Award for Disability Nominees’ category of the ‘Positive Role Model Awards’ section of the 2014 National Diversity Awards. Her initial nomination, by husband Chris Chapman, 29, has been backed by 372 endorsements, including complimentary quotes praising her for “transforming lives’ and “putting her heart and soul into helping people with disabilities”.

Awards winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday September 26, at the Hurlingham Club in London.

The National Diversity Awards, which this year received more than 21,000 nominations in total, will be hosted by TV presenters Brian Dowling and Cerrie Burnell.

After struggling at school and leaving with no qualifications, Sarah is now pursuing her degree course while working to help dyslexic children and adults.

Approximately six million people in the UK are dyslexic, some having difficulty with reading and writing, but many also possessing strong problem solving or creative skills. 

Sarah, 30, of Derby, said: “I’m delighted that my nomination for the National Diversity Awards has received so many endorsements.

“I feel deeply touched by the amazing things that people have said about my positive impact on their lives and honoured that my efforts have been recognised with a nomination for this prestigious awards event.”

For more information about studying Education courses at the University of Derby see website www.derby.ac.uk/education

Further details about the National Diversity Awards can be found at website www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk 

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