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Local MP raises awareness of Irlen® Syndrome


In April, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP Gerald Jones welcomed local constituent Jennifer Owens alongside representatives from Irlen® Syndrome to the Palace of Westminster to raise awareness of Irlen® Syndrome.



Irlen® Syndrome is a visual perception problem that estimated to affect around 12% of the population.

Irlen® Syndrome has been the subject of educational research and is a recognised syndrome with a physiological basis with wide ranging symptoms. The condition can be treated by the ‘Irlen® Method’, which uses coloured overlays and tinted lenses in the form of glass or contact lenses.

The Irlen® Method provides a unique service for some children and adults identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury.

Gerald held a drop in event for MP’s in the House of Commons to find out more about the condition, as well as meet people with the condition and find out first-hand their experience. 


It is the second such awareness that Jennifer has been involved with in recent months, she also held a similar event with Dawn Bowden AM in the Senedd back in October to highlight the condition there.

Jennifer was pleased to meet MP’s to raise awareness of Irlen® Syndrome

“I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet MPs and raise awareness about Irlen® syndrome and talk about some of the issues we face on a daily basis. I gave a speech about some of my experiences of living with Irlen® syndrome and the impact the condition can have on everyday life.”

Gerald was happy to host the event and discuss Irlen® Syndrome with Jennifer and other MPs.

“I was really pleased to welcome Jennifer and the representatives from the Irlen® Syndrome to parliament last week. I know that Jennifer has been working hard to raise awareness of the condition, and I was happy to host her event today.”


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