Most people take for granted the fact that they can do simple tasks such as walking up and down stairs, getting dressed, throwing a ball or even mastering the art of handwriting! However, for the thousands of adults and children in the UK living with Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder, day-to-day life can be a real struggle.
Dyspraxia (or, DCD) is a very misunderstood condition. Once cruelly (and incorrectly) labelled ‘clumsy child syndrome’, it affects up to six percent of the UK population – that’s around 2 children in every class.
However, it shouldn’t get in the way of you achieving your goals! I believe that I’m example of this, as I am proud to be part of the band “Collabro” who won ITV’s prime entertainment show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with dyspraxia and my journey hasn’t been an easy one as I have had to face many challenges. However, to celebrate my achievements – and the success with “Collabro” – my beautiful Mum has written an amazing blog about how it was to have a son growing up with dyspraxia. During this year’s Dyspraxia Awareness Week, I would really love you all to read it and share the wonderful story that has been my childhood and life so far, as I truly believe there needs to be so much more awareness of dyspraxia/DCD. You can find the blog here https://yorkie007.wordpress.com/
I am therefore delighted to be the Dyspraxia Foundation’s first Celebrity Patron – and to be adding my voice to their annual awareness campaign later this week (October 11-17).
The week culminates in the charity’s successful “Funky Friday”, on October 16th. It’s so easy to get involved and show support to the Dyspraxia Foundation simply by wearing our most bright, colourful or funky item of clothing to work or school and raising much needed funds for the Foundation. For a Funky Friday pack, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There may not be a cure for dyspraxia but there’s so much that can be done to make life easier! For more information, just check out www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk.
Jamie Lambert, Actor, Singer and 1/5th of ‘Collabro’
Patron of the Dyspraxia Foundation