This years Dyslexia Awareness Week is from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th November 2014. The aim for this annual event is not just raising awareness, but also showcasing the achievements that people with dyslexia have made. The theme for this year is ‘Dyslexia Matters’. Below are some interesting articles that bring to light what dyslexia is and how you can still fulfil your dreams.
Sally Gardner, an award-winning children’s author, wrote an article explaining how her dyslexia did not stop her from becoming the woman she is today. From a young age, Sally found school difficult as she was not able to spell anything; but now she doesn’t think of dyslexia as a disability but rather as a gift. Read more here.
Jacob Heywood, an 11 year old schoolboy, inspired a national dyslexia campaign and helped raise awareness of the condition. During his time at school, his peers were unable to understand why he learnt in a different way. Even though he experienced this, he didn’t give up and instead he decided to spread awareness of dyslexia throughout his entire school. He is now using his passion for football to raise funds for Dyslexia Cymru. Read more here.
Henry Winkler, an award-winning children’s writer and dyslexia awareness campaigner, shares how he was completely befuddled by school. Throughout school, he tried extremely hard to succeed but no matter how hard he tried, he could’t do it. Looking back, he now understands that he is not defined by school. No mater how difficult things may get, it has nothing to do what how brilliant you are. Instead, it is good thinking and good thoughts that make you smart. With this in mind, he has now written 26 books. Read more here.
Spellzone, an online English spelling course, writes a blog for Dyslexia Awareness Week. Within their blog, they mention what the National Awareness Days say about dyslexia and they also introduce some recourses that they have to support individuals with dyslexia. Read more here.
Jonathan Whitmore, how technology can play an important role in supporting individuals with dyslexia. Within this article, it specfically explains how desktop speech recognition can be beneficial for those with dyslexia as they are able to enjoy all of the information sharing, communication and entertainment. Read more here.
Sherri Turnquist has added a selection of links to build awareness on Dyslexia. Each link has different focuses and different purposes. Read more here.
We hope you are enjoying Dyslexia Awareness Week and that we are a small part of it.