A dyslexic Tipperary student won a top prize at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition for a project on the disease and how it’s understood by teachers.
Joe Mee, a second year student at Scoil Ruain in Killenaule, won second prize in the Social and Behavioural Sciences Junior Individual Group
He submitted an investigation into the school experiences of post-primary school students with dyslexia and post-primary school teachers’ understanding of the condition.
Joe was also honoured with an award from the National Council for Special Education for his work on the subject.
Joe decided to do this project on dyslexia as he is dyslexic himself and wanted to find out how much teachers understood about his condition and if there were other young people who shared his challenges and struggles.
Almost 10% of the population suffer from dyslexia but there are also many others who may have some dyslexic tendencies but are not completely dyslexic.
Joe was delighted that his hard work resulted in winning this prestigious award and he hopes his project will benefit dyslexic students as the condition is often over looked as a minor condition.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Joe has great plans for further research on the topic.
“I intend to continue working on this project and I hope some teachers will take on board the information in the project and it will inspire them to seek better knowledge on the topic or at least give them a better insight into the difficulties of the condition.
“If even one teacher decides to increase his or her knowledge and take some of the information on board, that could have the knock on effect of changing dyslexic students’ lives”.
Teachers or students interested in participating in this work can contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org