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Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia affects approximately one in ten people in the UK, that is over 6 million people. It is the most common and best understood hidden disability yet much still needs to be done to help people ‘make sense of dyslexia’, says the charity Dyslexia Action.

That is why the UK is hosting two awareness weeks this year, from 5th – 11th October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd – 8th November in Scotland. They aim to shed further light on what dyslexia is and how people affected by dyslexia can be supported at school, at work and in their day to day lives.
If dyslexia is not identified early enough, it can hinder a person’s learning and have negative, long-term social consequences, not only for the individual but also for society.

At the same time, numerous people with dyslexia are highly successful, as shown in a new book ‘Creative, Successful, Dyslexic’*, which explores the stories of 23 high-achievers with dyslexia.
For many people affected by dyslexia the biggest difference to their progress and well-being comes from being able to learn or work in an environment where there is a good understanding of what dyslexia is, and a positive, supportive attitude amongst colleagues, teachers and peers.

The theme of the week will be ‘making sense of dyslexia’. For more information on Dyslexia Action’s activities during each week, the signs of dyslexia, how to get the right help and support and useful resources for parents, teachers and employers visit http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

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