Dyslexia affects approximately 1 in 10 people in the UK. That means over 6 million people suffer from the condition. Dyslexia is the most common and best understood ‘hidden disability’ – but there is still much to be done to help.
Charities play a vital part in providing this help, including:
Dyslexia can affect anyone, and many celebrities have been very public about their condition. Actors Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Jim Carey, Keanu Reeves and Vince Vaughn have all shared their story. Leading scientists like Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein; artists Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso, musicians Cher and John Lennon; sportsman Muhammad Ali, politicians George Washington, Nelson Rockefeller, and Winston Churchill, entrepreneurs Richard Branson, Kelly Hoppen, and Henry Ford, and movie director Steven Spielberg have all been affected. And although Dyslexia is understood to impact spelling and reading, many famous authors suffer from dyslexia. Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Philip Shultz all had the condition.
Sir Richard Branson on Dyslexia:
Want to understand more about the in’s and out’s of Dyslexia? We recommend this fantastic TED Talk: What is dyslexia? – Kelli Sandman-Hurley
Dyslexia Awareness Week
To raise awareness of the cause, charities around the UK have collaborated to arrange Dyslexia Awareness Week. This year’s theme is ‘Making Sense of Dyslexia’, looking at finding the right support for people in the workplace, at school and in their day-to-day lives.
Local Dyslexia Associations, bookshops, libraries, schools and community centres will host Story Time sessions to encourage children, families and adults to find books they will love. The sessions will feature books suitable for people with Dyslexia and special guests.
Barrington Stoke has great choice of books edited and designed to minimise some of the obstacles that can stop struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers from getting hooked by a book.
‘The ‘Quick Reads’ titles are great for adults, as they are written by authors who adults will have heard of and want to read. They are also short stories so there is no stressing about having to read 300 pages, they also don’t have too many characters. These can be purchased as books or on kindle if people prefer e-readers.’ – Sally Joyner, British Dyslexia Association.
Dyslexia Awareness Week Competition 2015
This year’s event will be topped off with an exciting competition, open only to people with Dyslexia, who are either artists or writers.
Artists (including photography and graphic design): Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+ Writers (including fiction, non-fiction and poetry): Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+
Winners will be announced at the Dyslexia Awareness Week Awards 2015, in the Hall at Gray’s Inn London on 27th November 2015.
Find out how to get involved in this week’s events: Dyslexia Awareness Week Events!
Are you interested in learning more about Dyslexia in the workplace? The British Dyslexia Association have put together a guide to help both employers and their employees. Check it out now! Inspired by this article? Check out the CharityJob website and find great opportunities in the charity sector!