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My name is Matt, and I was born on 16th March 1990. Matts Hideout
went live in September 2001 and began as a personal 'blog' to help
me come to terms with the things that had happened to me. Since
then, the site has evolved and it is my wish to keep the resource,
that it has become, available. The site aims to offer support and
hope for young people with dyspraxia and their families, while providing
information about what it is really like for people living with
hidden disabilities, for educational and health professionals and
any one else interested in learning more about dyspraxia and its
related conditions. During 2007 the site had a major overhaul to
make it simple to navigate and to improve its overall look.
I have always had a happy home life but when I was at school I
had some difficult times because I have Dyspraxia. I suffered too
long from bullying not just by my peers but by some of the teachers
too. I left school in 2001, aged 11 years and was home educated
by my parents for 5 years until I started college in September 2006.
To find out more read my story.
By browsing the pages of this website you will be able to learn
more about Dyspraxia, how it affects those that have it and how
I learnt to cope. Unlike most other websites on the Internet, this
site records the thoughts and ideas of someone who has Dyspraxia
rather than facts written by a health professional who has studied
the condition, but actually doesn't understand what it's like to
live with it.
Some of the pages on this site explore bullying at school, which
is an increasing problem for many. I share my own experiences and
give sufferers ideas of how to cope.
I hope you find what you are looking for within these pages and
that in some way this site helps you too.
Show your support for Matt's Hideout
There is currently an online vote on the CHANGEit
blog. If you would like to support me and more importantly show
your support for Matt's Hideout and what it stands for, please take
a few seconds to vote. Thank you.
March 2008 - Deutsche Bank CHANGEit Performance
I recently recieved news that I have been selected as a
finalist in the Performance category of the CHANGEit Awards. Nearly
1500 young people who have launched a campaign to try to make a
difference were nominated and I am now amoung the nine finalists.
My award is in recognition of Matt's Hideout and its success in
raising awareness of dyspraxia and other hidden disabilities. The
CHANGEit awards ceremony is to take place on 14th may 2008, at the
Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London. For more information please
visit the CHANGEit
website and if you would like to vote for Matt's Hideout,, please
visit the CHANGEit
January 2008 - Dyspraxia Awareness Leaflet
We have recently updated our dyspraxia
leaflet and the new edition is now available to download in
pdf format. The leaflet has been distributed to many schools across
the UK and we are continuing our campaign to ensure one reaches
every UK primary school in the UK, but if you have a young child
with dyspraxia, who is struggling at nursery or school, please print
a copy and give it to your child's class teacher.
September 2007 - Awareness Speech
On Thursday 27th September I was one of several guest speakers
invited to talk at the Learning Alliance Annual Conference, this
year dedicated to Dyspraxia and held at The Tower of London. To
read my speech in full, please visit my Understanding
Dyspraxia page. For more information about the day, please visit
Learning Alliance Conference Review
Final guest speaker Matt Alden Farrow reached the summit
of his mountain- and then kept on climbing. After being bullied
at school because of the ignorance surrounding dyspraxia, Matt turned
his attentions to a project aptly titled ‘Matt’s Hideout’.
This website became a place for children with dyspraxia written
by a child living with the condition every day- his struggles, his
encouragement, his good times and his bad, all documented on one
website which he later realised would go on to unite many children
all over the world who wanted to share stories- and swap advice.
The success of Matt’s Hideout later led Matt to develop a
sister site ‘Dyspraxic Teens’ which has seen similar
and unprecedented success.
Delegate feedback forms revealed that guests found Matt extremely
inspirational, moving and encouraging. His message to young people
coping with dyspraxia is sure to be delivered by guests to children
and teens like Matt after this conference: ‘Dyspraxia makes
the individual the person they are. It’s an intricate part
of their personality, their aspirations, and dreams. Having dyspraxia
clearly affects the way a person sees the world and themselves within
it. I know that without dyspraxia, I wouldn’t be the person
I am, and I wouldn’t have achieved the things I have. I wouldn’t
have the drive and commitment that I have now – it’s
not simply a matter of wanting to better myself, it’s a need
to prove those who doubted me wrong.’