Li­brary to be a red light dis­trict

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

LIS­MORE Li­brary will join iconic land­marks across the coun­try Light­ing it Red for Dyslexia to­mor­row.

Light ups in­clude the State Li­brary in Syd­ney, Bris­bane Story Bridge, Old Par­lia­ment House Can­berra, Tack­ing Point Light­house in Port Mac­quarie and Al­bury En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Light it Red for Dyslexia is a vol­un­teer ini­tia­tive to in­crease aware­ness for the 10% of Aus­tralians who strug­gle to learn to read, write and spell.

Lee Dun­can from the Dyslexia Clarence and North­ern Rivers group, said Oc­to­ber is Dyslexia Aware­ness Month and this is the first time Lis­more has joined cities na­tion­wide to share an im­por­tant mes­sage.

“It is sig­nif­i­cant that the Lis­more Li­brary is go­ing to Light it Red, be­cause we as­so­ciate li­braries with read­ing. But Lis­more Li­brary has fan­tas­tic re­sources for peo­ple with dyslexia- such as phon­ics read­ers for early learn­ers, an ex­ten­sive range of au­dio books, and a col­lec­tion of rec­om­mended ref­er­ences on dyslexia.

The colour red was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the dreaded red pen often used to mark school work. By re­claim­ing the colour red, dyslexia sup­port groups want to em­power chil­dren and young peo­ple with dyslexia, and spread aware­ness among the wider com­mu­nity.

Ms Dun­can said dyslexia is a neu­ro­log­i­cal learn­ing dif­fer­ence that runs in fam­i­lies and is un­re­lated to in­tel­li­gence.

“Fam­i­lies in re­gional ar­eas often strug­gle to ac­cess sup­port as there are fewer pro­fes­sional ser­vices avail­able for as­sess­ing and help­ing chil­dren with dyslexia.”

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