Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 will be held from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Monday 7th November to Sunday 13th 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 understand and raise awareness 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 ‘Identifying Dyslexia’.
Throughout the week we'll be talking about:
Monday – Why is it important to identify dyslexia?
Tuesday – How is dyslexia identified?
Wednesday – How does dyslexia affect people differently?
Thursday – What help is at hand for those with dyslexia? (Also World Dyslexia Day - send us your stories from around the world)
Friday – Why is the correct help important and how can we raise awareness together?
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 and when was your dyslexia identified?
- Was it helpful to have your dyslexia identified?
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:
Prefer to put pen to paper? Send your written stories (with a photograph of yourself if you'd like) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share them throughout the week. (Please include a sentence in your email giving us permission to share your photo.)
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 5th 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
Getting Teachers involved
We would really like teachers to get involved with Dyslexia Awareness Week. Share stories and strategies about how you have successfully supported students with dyslexia. Send these stories to email@example.com and we will share them via our social media channels. Alternatively use our twitter handle @dyslexiaaction in a tweet using the hashtag #dyslexia2016 or post on our Facebook page.
Raise awareness and understanding at your place of study or work
Why not hold an assembly, class presentation or awareness session on dyslexia?
Contact us if you would like some resources to support this and possibly even someone to come in and talk to staff/students about dyslexia.
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
There will be a whole host of events held at our centres across the country throughout the week. Examples of events being organised are:
- Free screenings on certain days for children and adults
- Awareness days and drop in sessions to find out more about dyslexia
- Fundraising events to raise much need funds to support those with dyslexia
- Presentations to education providers and companies to help raise awareness and increase understanding
- Information stands and talks at public libraries, shopping centres and other high visibility locations.
Details of events happening throughout the week at our learning centres will be available here shortly or you can also contact your local learning centre to see what they are hosting and how you can get involved.