Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland is 4-9 November. Our theme for this year is ‘building independence for life’. We carry this theme out in a variety of ways across the year. Here are just a few examples of our work:
- Our Young Ambassadors are involved in Youth Days and other speaking events throughout the year to inspire young people to see their dyslexia as a positive trait. The Young Ambassadors were instrumental in the development of Dyslexia Unwrapped, our website aimed at children and young people aged 8-18.
- Our 18 volunteer-led Branches hold meetings/events in their local areas to educate local people about dyslexia and enable them to support children, young people and families.
- Our 3 adult networks in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling provide regular meetings to educate adults about dyslexia to empower them to access the support that they are entitled to.
- Our Career Development Service empowers job-seekers to highlight their dyslexic strengths to help them in their career development.
- Our education conference, Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit and learning modules provide opportunities for teachers to learn more about the support that they could provide to their dyslexic pupils.
- Our quarterly members’ magazine provides members the opportunity to tell their dyslexic story in a variety of ways. Our blog also provides this opportunity in a different format.
- Our Helpline empowers parents and adults to request the support that they or their child needs to thrive in their learning or workplace environment.
- Our other events, including DyslexiFest, provide an opportunity for dyslexic people and their families to learn more about dyslexia
This is just a flavour of our ongoing work, you can see much more information about what we do on our website. Also, have a look at the Dyslexia Awareness Week page of our website which has details of all the events taking place, as well as a range of resources to use.
If you can’t make it along to an event, please do share the information that we highlight on social media next week using #DAWScot – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Helen Fleming, Volunteers Manager