Facebook and Literacy

According to recent research conducted by Booked, a magazine for UK schools, 70% of headteachers believe that Facebook and Twitter has adversely affected the literacy of young people.  To be fair to them, the examples that are used to back up this claim are not without merit: “I wont to work wiv you’re  company.” AnotherContinue reading “Facebook and Literacy”

What Gaps Exist?

Following the recent news that Michael Morpurgo has written the first book in a series that is being published with the intention of making it easier for dyslexic parents to read to their children, I was surprised that, as the volunteer Resource Centre Manager for Dyslexia Scotland, I hadn’t realised that such a big gapContinue reading “What Gaps Exist?”

Reading Snobbery

A friend of mine was having a rant on Facebook last night because someone who was a complete stranger to her had taken it upon themselves to berate her for reading a gossip magazine (you know, something like Hello! or Closer).  It wasn’t as simple as decrying her choice of reading either; the individual madeContinue reading “Reading Snobbery”

Perspective

A wonderful blog by doreenjank. I have just seen “The Big Picture” documentary film; which reminded me of how important different viewpoints, understanding and perspectives of a learning difference can be. I don’t want to say anymore as I would like you to watch the film; and not just take away my interpretation. Also whilst volunteering inContinue reading “Perspective”

‘Think Differently’

Dyslexia isn’t the obvious inspiration point for a collection of interior fabrics, yet for our final degree project we were encouraged to choose a subject close to our hearts, and learning how to support our daughter through school with dyslexia remains exactly that. ‘Think Differently’ was my title, reflecting both how a dyslexic mind operatesContinue reading “‘Think Differently’”

What will I do now?

When I left school, I literally had no idea what I was going to do. When I was growing up, I wanted to do everything, be a writer, a singer, an actress, an artist and for a while I wrote poems, but, the longest standing aspiration was a fashion designer. I began school well, butContinue reading “What will I do now?”

Life Skills Learned at University

While it is true that University is not for everyone and that those with dyslexia will find it more difficult than those that don’t have the condition, I don’t think enough is made of the invaluable life skills a university education can teach you, particularly in light of some of the problems dyslexics are knownContinue reading “Life Skills Learned at University”

Dyslexia and parenthood

A wonderful Insight in to dyslexia and parenthood from Julie McNeil, wife of Paul McNeil  one of our fantastic ambassadors Books, reading, developing your child’s imagination and sense of creativity were about as fundamental to my approach in parenting as things come. Paul, my husband who is Dyslexic, embraced this and we both read toContinue reading “Dyslexia and parenthood”

Dreams, what are your dreams?

Another fantastic poem from our wonderful poet , can you find the hidden word? Dreams, what are your dreams? My dreams (which may be the dreams of all Dyslexics) are: Younder; my true potential is younder! I am forever reaching for that place where my true self shines out of me (its just beyond my reach)!Continue reading “Dreams, what are your dreams?”