Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Awareness Week, 4 – 9 November 2019

Building Independence for life

Did you know that 1 in 10 children and adults in Scotland has dyslexia, meaning that they face each day with new challenges?
Did you know that dyslexia is not just about spelling, reading and writing – it can also cause difficulties with short-term memory, organisational and processing skills?

And did you know that children and adults with dyslexia have some of the best creative abilities, out of the box thinking and problem solving skills amongst our population?

Many workplaces don’t yet see the potential benefits of a neurodiverse workforce, but according to Ernst & Young’s report, The Value of Dyslexia, jobs of the future will need dyslexic thinking skills. Dyslexic people may represent the talent solution to this need.

In order to highlight the positives that dyslexia can bring to the workplace, a range of people from different backgrounds have joined this year’s Dyslexia Scotland poster campaign to demonstrate what dyslexia brings to their workplace. They include a policeman, trainee teacher, office manager in the Scottish Government, businessman and entrepreneur.

The week will raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia through an exciting range of events taking place across Scotland. The programme, put together by Dyslexia Scotland and partners, will signpost people to sources of information, support and advice.

A key attraction during the week will be ‘Loud in the Library’, a live musical performance and discussion with dyslexic musicians Eilidh Steel and Jennifer Ewan at Edinburgh Central Library on 7 November. In Stirling, we’ll be showing Read me Differently, a film which highlights the hereditary impact of neurodiversity on one family. The film will be followed by a panel discussion made up of a dyslexic illustrator, a teacher and 2 secondary school pupils with dyslexia. Both events are free and open to anyone with an interest.

Raising awareness in schools is a big part of Dyslexia Awareness Week and we have developed a presentation to be shown in assemblies and classrooms, which is based on Dyslexia Unwrapped, our website for 8 – 18 year olds.

Dyslexia Scotland’s network of 18 volunteer-led branches and 3 Adult Networks will also be active in their local communities across Scotland with a range of events, all of which are free and open to the public. For Local Events within Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire being held during Dyslexia Awareness Week, go to our DSNE Website or DSNE Facebook Page.
People can show their support during Dyslexia Awareness Week by wearing one of ‘Ellie’s Blue Dyslexia Ribbons’, 50,000 of which will be distributed across Scotland. Ellie, Dyslexia Scotland’s first Young Person’s Ambassador, launched this campaign in 2013 to help other young people feel comfortable and confident with dyslexia.

For all the latest information and resources about Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland, including posters, ribbons and free downloadable presentations for schools, workplaces and the community, go to: www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/dyslexia-awareness-week


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