Dear Dyslexic Podcast

Dear Dyslexic Podcast

Episode 59 with Bill Goh on Life as a Dyslexic PhD candidate

September 14, 2023

In this episode, Shae speaks with Ph.D. colleague and peer Bill Goh. Together they discuss a number of topics from accessing a diagnosis, educational trauma, advocacy and PhD life. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as Shae and Bill enjoy spending time unpacking life as Dyslexic PhD candidates. 

A bit about Bill.

Trying to get an education with dyslexia resulted in me failing grade two and dropping out of school in grade twelve. I have very few fond memories of school. Yet, decades later I’m currently a Ph.D. student in marine biology. Also, I’m the first at my university, the second in South Australia, and one of a handful in our country to attain an assistant employed to help with my individual dyslexic deficit needs at the postgraduate level. I had to fight for this accommodation to help me learn computer coding. This fight took its toll on my research and me due to many personal to institutionalized roadblocks. Nonetheless, I’m still committed to achieving my goals. My university’s disability support services said I’m the most severely dyslexic person to attempt a PhD they have seen. Yet, I know there are more like me. I hope one day I and others will not be a novelty, and all will feel safe and secure at university. 



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