Episode 76 – Having Dyslexia and Being in the Government of the United Kingdom with Matt Hancock MP

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What is it like working in the government? What is it like working in the front bench of the government? What is it like leading a major government department through a deadly pandemic? What is it like doing all that, with Dyslexia? 

Well, that was the job of the well known and proud dyslexic, Matt Hancock.

Most people in the UK will know Matt Hancock as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and he became a very familiar face during the COVID -19 pandemic.

What most people may not know is that Matt Hancock is a very proud dyslexic person. 

In this episode of the podcast, Matt tells us about how his dyslexic strengths helped him to reach a senior level in government, in particular, Big Picture thinking, and Communication.

Now as a backbencher in government, Matt remains a big advocate for the dyslexic community and ensures that their needs are being heard by the very top, through the introduction of the “Dyslexia Screening and Teacher Training Bill” to parliament.

In this episode you will hear what led to Matt receiving a late diagnosis of dyslexia at the age of 18, while studying at Oxford University and the help that he then experienced which in turn, has supported him throughout his life.

Recorded in person at The Dyslexia Show 2024 on 15th March 2024.

Dyslexic Strengths:

  • Big Picture Thinking
  • Communication
  • Quick Learner

Dyslexic Hack:

  • Learning to see words as pictures

Key Topics:

  • What is it like working in UK Politics as someone with dyslexia?
  • UK Government
  • COVID -19  
  • The Dyslexia Screening and Teacher Training Bill
  • The formation of the Accessible Learning Foundation
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