The theme for this year is Identification of Dyslexia.
Dyslexia Awareness Week runs from 3rd to 9th October in England, Wales and Ireland.
Dyslexia is a hidden ability, meaning that getting an assessment and diagnoses is often difficult. Undiagnosed Dyslexia into adulthood is very common. This year the British Dyslexia association and Dyslexia Association of London want to prompt people to consider if someone they know could be Dyslexic.
The Daily Themes
Monday: Why is it important to identify Dyslexia?
Many studies have shown that early identification is the key to success for many individuals living with dyslexia. Early intervention and support following identification provides an opportunity for individuals to unlock their talents. Many school children are unaware that they are dyslexic at a crucial time in their educational journey. If they were properly diagnosed they would be able to access aids that could help them achieve greater academic success.
Tuesday: How is dyslexia identified?
BDA will be exploring and sharing information on the ways that dyslexia can be identified. Follow us on Twitter @Dyslexia_London for updates throughout the week . Use the hashtag #dyslexia2016 @BDAdyslexia British Dyslexia Association
Wednesday: How does dyslexia affect people differently?
The most important aspect of dyslexia is the fact that it affects everyone differently. There is a tendency to get caught up in the diagnoses or support program. Both DAL and BDA advocate a person-centred approach to dyslexia, putting the individual’s needs at the forefront of any support process so that the individual is empowered.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein
Thursday: What help is at hand? (Also World Dyslexia Day)
A vital component of dyslexia support is understanding. By understanding the challenges dyslexia poses we can begin to understand how to help. BDA will share information on training for teachers, parents and care providers.
Friday: Why is the correct help important and how can we raise awareness together?
Imagine if Albert Einstein hadn’t been successful…? What if he, and other famous dyslexic individuals had not been able to make contributions to our society. By raising awareness we ensure there is access to identification, assessment and support. This allows the next generation opportunities to succeed.
Society needs different thinkers, people with creative problem solving skills. Help us build a global understanding of dyslexia. This article has been adapted from one with the same name published in September issue of Dyslexia Contact.