In October 2014 I had the usual animated conversation with an energetic, enthusiastic 89yr old lady who as usual was in the throes of organising yet another event for dyslexia, so that it came as a great surprise when I heard she died a week later.
I knew Rosemary Palmer for many years and was well aware of her passion for helping and teaching children and Adults with Dyslexia and other Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) such as dyspraxia. I first knew her when her son was very ill and when he died at the young age of 45yrs she as a mother felt sad that he had struggled through life not reaching his full potential as he was so disabled with severe dyslexia. Subsequently, she became even more intent in helping those with this condition.
I remember > 10 yrs ago being invited to her house one evening along with other interested parties, as she was having ‘a grand opening’ of the studio she had created in her garden. This was to be where she taught many pupils aswell as being a resource centre.
was the chairperson for many years.
She raised funds and set up the Adult Dyslexia Group : it is the first of its type, running evening classes, offering support and practical advice. She was an invaluable teacher at the Insight Scools and Skills Academy, Alexandria Road, West Ealing where she taught many adults and children aswell as train staff and will be sorely missed.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that results in significant and persistent problems with reading, spelling, writing and sometimes arithmetic. It uoccurs in spite of normal teaching and is independent of socio-cultural background or intelligence.
Here is the current definition from the British Dyslexia Association:
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities. It tends to be resistant to conventional teaching methods, but its effects can be mitigated by appropriately specific intervention, including the application of information technology and supportive counselling.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know has dyslexia or a similar disorder use the Ealing Dyslexia Association website and it will also provide other useful links.