Dyslexia Awareness Week 2015 will be held from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Monday 2nd November to Sunday 8th November in Scotland.
Dyslexia affects approximately one in ten people in the UK, that’s over 6 million people. It is the most common and best understood hidden disability, despite this, there is still much to be done to help people ‘make sense of dyslexia’.
That’s why the UK is hosting two Dyslexia Awareness Weeks this year, 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. The theme of the week will be ‘making sense of dyslexia’.
How to get involved in Dyslexia Awareness Week
Throughout each Dyslexia Awareness Week we’ll be sharing useful information on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages and running events in our Learning Centres. There’s also a chance for you to get involved:
Share your story
Help raise awareness and inspire others by sending in a short film. The quality of the video doesn’t matter, it doesn’t have to be edited, just record yourself talking for 30 to 60 seconds on the below topics:
- Tell us a little bit about yourself (please use your first name only)?
- How does dyslexia affect you?
- What advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed?
You can record the film on your phone or tablet, or any other suitable device. We’ll then share some of the films on our website and social media channels throughout the week. You can upload your film here.
We also have an example film, made by one of our supporters:
Get your school involved
Why not teach a dyslexia-friendly lesson, to raise awareness among pupils. For instance, use audio or video to record story-telling instead of writing. Take a look at our ideas here, or see how you can make your classroom dyslexia-friendly.
You can also take part in No Pens Day Wednesday on the 7th of October. No Pens Day Wednesday supports schools and settings with placing a focus on speaking and listening. But putting down pens doesn’t mean that literacy skills are forgotten; quite the opposite.
To find out more about No Pens Day Wednesday, click here
Take part in an event
Raise awareness among friends, family and work colleagues by hosting a bake sale or coffee morning, while raising money for Dyslexia Action. Or take up the challenge and do a skydive or sponsored walk. Dyslexia Action’s Learning Centres will also be running events which you can attend.
Details of events
- Dyslexia Open Morning at the Bristol Centre – Monday 5th October. For more details click here
- Cake and coffee morning Sutton Coldfield Centre - Monday 5th October. For more details click here
- Pop-In day at the Wilmslow Centre –Monday 5th October. For more details click here
- Dyslexia Open Morning at the Bath Centre – Tuesday 6th October. For more details click here
- Open Day at the Liverpool Centre – Thursday 8th October. For more details click here
- Cake and coffee morning Stone Centre - Thursday 8th October. For more details click here
- Wilmslow Centre Information Stand – Friday 9th October. For more details click here
- Awareness Event at the Chelmsford Centre – Friday 16th October. For more details click here