Channel 4 Can’t Read Can’t Write

Did you see me on the tele? Jill has been reading me a lot of the reaction to the programme last night. it seems that it touched a lotĀ of people emotionally. I was terrified waiting for it to come on. I knew I wouldn’t be on very much because my one is coming up last in two weeks time. I tell you what though – I was really miffed that Phil didn’t try the pipe cleaner thing with me – I think it would have worked. Oh well. He did what he thought was right for me but I think he found me a bit tough going. Jill says that when I find things really hard, I get angry and push them away which looks as though I can’t be bothered which couldn’t be further from the truth – it is just so hard – it’s exhausting – so I suppose in a way I do give up but my brain just won’t hold the information long enough for me to make sense of sentences and things. It’s so difficult to describe.

We wanted to be able to get across what it is like to be unable to read and write properly and so I have written a book with the help of Frances who was my ‘ghost writer’. it has just gone to print now and it is called ‘Go Play in the Sand, John’. I have told my story in the hope that it will help people to understand but also I want it to inpsire people into going out there and making stuff happen, even though they may have things in their life that hold them back. It’s not what happens to you in life, it is how you deal with it. For instance, I can’t write this blog – I do not have the right brain to be able to do it, so my Jill does it for me – I am still making it happen aren’t I? Just in a different way. Also, I can surf the internet because Access to Work bought me a computer with special software on which allows me to hear the text and I can write short sentences with Dragon Speak software. That means I can write my own invoices and quotations – I always get Jill to check them mind!

Writing a book is a bit ironic – I can’t read it! But we want to put it on to audio so people can listen to it if they struggle with reading. It costs though so we have to take one step at a time.

You can see some excerpts here on the publishers site http://kavanaghtipping.com/index.php/Forthcoming-Titles/Go-Play-in-the-Sand-John.html
I have to get my head straight now and go out and earn some money – not sure I will be able to live off my new found fame just yet!!!!

Channel 4 Fame on the Way!

July 16, 2008 · Filed Under Can't Read Can't Write, Channel 4, Dyslexia, Phil Beadle · Comment 

Phil Beadle and John Tipping Channel 4 Can\'t Read, Can\'t WriteLast year I did 6 months of filming with RDF media for a programme for Channel 4 called ‘Can’t Read, Can’t Write’. It’s all about adult literacy. You can see the Channel 4 link by clicking on the picture.

Well, after all the filming, we didn’t think that I was going to be on it BUT whilst we were on holiday I had a call from them saying that they were including me in the third episode. This should go out on the 4th August. The programme starts on 21st July and follows Linda, Kelly, Teresa and Jim. The three girls are now reading and writing but Jim and I didn’t manage to move on even though we tried really hard.

Phil Beadle tried really hard but he says himself that he doesn’t have all the answers – he didn’t for me. I suppose I knew deep down that there would not be an answer and that I wouldn’t be able to suddenly read and write but it was nice to hope for a miracle for a while.

Katy TippingLast night we went to a debate about adult literacy at Channel 4 in London in the run up to the programme coming out on Monday. It got a bit heated between the girls, Jim and the panel but I kept quiet (because Jill told me to!). They were talking about being taught to read and the help that is out there (or lack of it) but It doesn’t matter how many ‘phonics’ you throw at me, I won’t be able to read it, sadly. Never mind, I don’t think things are too bad and I manage using my software (and Jill’s magic typing fingers!).

I had some other good news today. My daughter Katy, who goes to Dover Boys Grammar (don’t ask!) and her gang have just come second in the National Young Enterprise Competition. Chip off the old block I’d say!