A Workington man has launched a dyspraxia awareness day for education professionals, in the hope that they will spot the condition in school and be able to diagnose people sooner.
Cameron Farish, 22, was diagnosed as dyspraxic at 17, after a lifetime of being accused of being clumsy or not trying.
He said: “It’s my mission to educate teachers. I do think a lot of teachers thought I was just being lazy and not wanting to get better.
“It would give me a great satisfaction to think I had helped even one person.”
The launch took place at Lakes College this week.
Six education professionals and support staff attended, including Lakes College principal Chris Nattress. Clare Jeffreys, from the Fixers organisation, which helps people with dyspraxia, also attended the launch.
Mr Farish said: “The launch went really well. The principal is taking it to the board of principals and Danny Braithwaite, Lakes College vice-principal, will take it to the vice-principals board.
“Information is also going to a PGCE meeting of all colleges in the north of England and information will go to UCLAN, colleges in the north, primary headteachers in Cumbria and I’ll get the word out to contacts in secondary schools too.”
Mr Farish, who works at Lakes College in sport and public services, has worked with the Fixers organisation to produce a poster for the launch, which highlights the symptoms of dyspraxia – a physical co-ordination disorder that can run in families.
He has battled with the condition all his life and through school had particular difficulty with his handwriting and with sports.