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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.

In 2004 Qona became interested in a group of dyslexic and dyspraxic art students who were concerned that their drawing was not ‘good enough’. She was encouraged to set up a research group with collaborators from other institutions. The group became focused within four centres: UCL, Middlesex, Swansea Met and the RCA. To date this collaborative group has regularly presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition Qona has independently contributed three chapters about her work at the RCA to publications concerning dyslexia. Resulting from the research in 2008 Qona set up a charity ‘Creative Mentors Foundation’. The aim of this charity is to help make the arts curriculum at state schools more accessible and rewarding for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. The charity trains postgraduates from art and music disciplines, in dyslexia awareness and specialist teaching strategies, preparing them to work alongside mainstream staff teaching in arts subjects.