Helping churches to take part in Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland 2021

Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) Scotland runs from 1-7 November. One of our members has created a toolkit for churches. Although it’s written with churches in mind, some of the content can be used by other faith communities.

So, what do you do?

“I don’t cut hair” Coronation Street barber David Platt said, dreamily, in a recent episode, “I shape destinies.” Studies show that he’s got the right idea when it comes to getting job satisfaction. Some people dread being asked ‘so, what do you do?’ Rather than feel stuck in a rut, we can mentally re-frame ourContinue reading “So, what do you do?”

Attention teachers! Professional Learning opportunity

We’re delighted to report that Dyslexia Scotland has recently been awarded the GTCS Professional Learning Award for Organisations. The Award is issued by the General Teaching Council for Scotland to recognise organisations that support and promote professional learning for teachers. This Quality Mark means that the organisation has been assessed through GTCS’s independent quality assuranceContinue reading “Attention teachers! Professional Learning opportunity”

The challenges of becoming a parent and being dyslexic!

As a little girl, I had an image of becoming a Mummy.  I imagined cuddling and playing with my baby, long walks with the pram and a general feeling of fulfillment. However, being an unidentified dyslexic adult, my experience of becoming a parent was far from what I had imagined. Although all new parents faceContinue reading “The challenges of becoming a parent and being dyslexic!”

Growing positively from trauma

(Image standard copyright Dyslexia Scotland) Several years ago, I had some negative experiences in employment.  These were caused by my dyslexia and people’s unhelpful responses to it, both before and after I was identified.  In this blog post, I’d like to tell you about 7 things that have helped me grow positively from these negativeContinue reading “Growing positively from trauma”

Dyslexia and mental health

Our 9-year-old daughter is dyslexic.  Dyslexia runs through both sides of our family although myself and my husband are not dyslexic.  When we started to realise that our daughter was finding reading, writing and spelling difficult at school, we panicked.  We wanted school to solve this for us straight away.  As we have learnt moreContinue reading “Dyslexia and mental health”

The Debauchery of Disparaging Dyslexia

I came across an article last year that concerned itself with the subject of IQ tests.  While reading the piece, I noted the author’s statement that dyslexia can disappear with disappointment, particularly as it was made without the qualification that it was their opinion.  While everyone is entitled to voice their own beliefs, it angeredContinue reading “The Debauchery of Disparaging Dyslexia”

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”

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?”