Living with dyspraxia: ‘As much as I try, I will never be a normal person’

Describing himself as “socially awkward”, Maguire has become “addicted” to Toastmasters, which he joined to help develop his social skills. But he wonders how he has the confidence to address 100-200 people, yet not to chat to one person.

He can’t read the social cues to decide if somebody he is talking to in a bar is genuinely interested in him, is flirting with him or is being two-faced. “I just don’t get it.”

However, the personal achievements he is most proud of include an eight-month trip around the world and learning to drive – despite being told by a consultant that he never would, due to the visual nature of his dyspraxia that affects his peripheral vision

“I passed my driving test on my first attempt,” he adds.

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