Dear Dyslexic Podcast Episode 59 with
Bill Goh, Life as adyslexic PhD candidate
A bit about Bill.
Trying to get an education with dyslexia resulted in me failing grade two and dropping out of school in grade twelve. I have very few fond memories of school. Yet, decades later I’m currently a Ph.D. student in marine biology. Also, I’m the first at my university, the second in South Australia, and one of a handful in our country to attain an assistant employed to help with my individual dyslexic deficit needs at the postgraduate level. I had to fight for this accommodation to help me learn computer coding. This fight took its toll on my research and me due to many personal to institutionalized roadblocks. Nonetheless, I’m still committed to achieving my goals. My university’s disability support services said I’m the most severely dyslexic person to attempt a PhD they have seen. Yet, I know there are more like me. I hope one day I and others will not be a novelty, and all will feel safe and secure at university.
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