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Professionally over the last ten years Qona Rankin has been working with dyslexic and dyspraxic art and design students.

Qona Rankin is the Dyslexia Coordinator at the Royal College of Art, and has been since 2002 when the post was created. She has degrees in Three Dimensional Design from Kingston University and in Design Education from the RCA. Before qualifying in Adult Dyslexia Support (ADS Cert at Southbank University) in 1997, she was a senior lecturer on the Product Design degree course at the University of Hertfordshire and a freelance jewellery designer-maker.

In 2007 Qona gained her SEDA PDAF, supervising postgraduate research from the University of the Arts. In 2008 she was awarded a Fellowship of the RCA in recognition of her services to dyslexia support. Also in 2008 she set up a charity ‘Creative Mentors Foundation’, partly as a result of the research findings. The aim of this charity is to help make the arts curriculum at state secondary schools more accessible and rewarding for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. The charity trains postgraduates from art disciplines in dyslexia awareness and specialist teaching strategies, preparing them to work alongside mainstream staff teaching in arts subjects. To date six mentors have been through the training and there are currently art and design and music mentors established in both Grey Coat Hospital and St Marylebone School.