Spectrum Bloggers Network was created to bring together bloggers from across the internet who discuss and raise awareness for specific learning difficulties (aka SpLD).
When dyslexic university student, Hannah Thomas, began blogging her experiences with dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome, she soon became aware that blogging about SpLD topics was a niche market that was difficult to promote. After coming up with a Twitter hashtag of #spldbloggers, she decided that there had to be a better way to bring together bloggers who were sharing their experiences of SpLDs to support and inspire others with these conditions. She had seen other awareness blogs for fibromyalgia with ‘Fibro Bloggers Directory‘ badges on them, so decided to create a similar idea for SpLD bloggers. Spectrum Bloggers Network was born!
Despite her mother raising concern with her schools, Hannah wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until she was 25 when she decided to go back into education. She blogs about her experiences of the education system and tries to raise awareness for adults with dyslexia.
The blog started with 7 key sections of ADD/ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Within these sections the blogs were split into bloggers with an SpLD, parents of those with an SpLD and blogs supporting SpLDs. Within two weeks of Spectrum Bloggers Network‘s creation it had attracted attention from various bloggers across the spectrum and two new SpLD topics were added to include Irlen Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder.
As the network expanded, a friend from university enquired how she could become involved and it was agreed that the two of them joined their efforts to expand the project even further!
Tamara Malone had neared the conclusion of her bachelor degree when she was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and Dyspraxia. She immediately conducted a mountain of research into these conditions, primarily Asperger’s, in order to better understand the unique struggles associated with the Syndrome and became highly interested in reading about the experiences of others on the spectrum. She is now working in the fundraising office of a local Autism charity, and has worked in the past as a writer and editor in university media.