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Understanding by Neville Wright

Understanding by Neville Wright, just another boy from Peterborough

What did life have to offer this 5-year-old boy in 1955 when there was no understanding? No understanding of dyslexia or ADHD.  The book on his desk was opened on page 1, the teacher got hold of the boy’s finger pointing it to each word as she read the first page.

Fire Fire! Fire Fire! the crowd shouted, as the Fire engine raced down the street.

Now you read it the teacher said to the boy, and point to each word so I know you are reading it.  As the boy pointed to each word he repeated what his teacher had just said.

Fire Fire! Fire Fire! the crowd shouted, as the Fire engine raced down the street.

‘Very good’, said the teacher as she turned over to the next page, you can now read this on your own.  The boy was silent, no matter what the teacher said he couldn’t explain to her that every time he blinked his eyes the letters of each word changed places, making it impossible for him to understand how the other children could read.

Addressing the Peterborough900 Corporate Partners in the Cathedral’s Knights’ Chamber.