‘Dyslexia didn’t hold me back’

HAPPY Jan Hendy
HAPPY Jan Hendy
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DESPITE suffering from dyslexia, Jan Hendy has beaten all the odds to achieve her life-long dream.

The 52-year-old nursery worker at the University of Portsmouth is graduating with a foundation degree in Early Years Care and Education.

Jan found it harder than most people to do her academic work.

Despite previously working in nurseries for over 30 years, she secretly lived with the belief she had dyslexia. Jan was determined to find out the truth before beginning her course two years ago so sat a diagnostic assessment which confirmed her worst fears.

Yet she never gave up the hope of gaining her qualifications, travelling every day from the Isle of Wight to attend her classes. She said: ‘I managed against all the odds to pass. Through sheer hard work and determination you can do anything.’