Dys­lexia cam­paign in fo­cus

Break­fast planned

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Dys­lexia Aware­ness Week is be­ing marked in West Loth­ian this week with a se­ries of events.

The cam­paign runs un­til Satur­day (Novem­ber 11) and this year’s mes­sage is be­ing ‘pos­i­tive about dys­lexia’.

The week aims to raise aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of dys­lexia through an ex­cit­ing range of events tak­ing place across Scot­land.

Lo­cally, the West Loth­ian Dys­lexia Net­work’s Break­fast Event takes place next Thurs­day (Novem­ber 16) at West Loth­ian Col­lege from 8.30am to 11am. This will be a chance for part­ners to get to­gether to share ideas for be­ing sup­port­ing adults with dys­lexia and help the net­work to de­velop dys­lexia- friendly stan­dards for or­gan­i­sa­tions in West Loth­ian. Places are lim­ited so please book in ad­vance. To find out more or book a place, please con­tact ruth. hood@ west­loth­ian.gov.uk

Award win­ning au­thor and play­wright, Cathy Forde, will be vis­it­ing the West Loth­ian Branch of Dys­lexia Scot­land to speak about her writ­ing on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30 at the Bath­gate Part­ner­ship Cen­tre from 7pm to 8pm.

The branch will also have free books to give away and this event has been funded by the Scot­tish Book Trust as part of Book Week Scot­land. For more in­for­ma­tion and to book a place, email the branch at dswest­loth­ian@gmail. com.

This y e a r ’ s nat i o n a l pro­gramme, put to­gether by Dys­lexia Scot­land and part­ners, aims to fo­cus on sources of in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and ad­vice.

One of the high­lights of the week will be the pre­miere of a new Scot­tish doc­u­men­tary about dys­lexia by film­maker Trevor Thom­son in Glas­gow. Other events in­clude a train­ing for teach­ers on the on­line Ad­dress­ing Dys­lexia Tool­kit and the launch of Dys­lexia Scot­land’s new web­site for chil­dren and young peo­ple, Dys­lexia Un­wrapped, to­day ( Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9).

In Scot­land one in 10 chil­dren and adults ihave dys­lexia, mean­ing that they face each day with new chal­lenges.

Dys­lexia is not just about spelling, read­ing and writ­ing – it can also cause dif­fi­cul­ties with short- term mem­ory, or­gan­i­sa­tional and pro­cess­ing skills.

But re­search shows that chil­dren and adults with dys­lexia have some of the best cre­ative abil­i­ties, out of the box think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing skills amongst our pop­u­la­tion.

For all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion and re­sources about Dys­lexia Aware­ness Week in Scot­land, in­clud­ing pre­sen­ta­tions that any­one can down­load to use in schools, work­places and in the com­mu­nity, go to www. dyslex­i­as­cot­land. org. uk/ dys­lexia-aware­ness-week.

Peo­ple can also show their sup­port dur­ing Dys­lexia Aware­ness Week by wear­ing one of ‘ El­lie’s Blue Dys­lexia Rib­bons’, 40,000 of which have been dis­trib­uted across Scot­land.

El­lie, Dys­lexia Scot­land’s first Young Per­son’s Am­bas­sador, launched this cam­paign in 2013 to help other young peo­ple feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent with dys­lexia.

If peo­ple can’t get a rib­bon, they can at­tach a ‘ Twib­bon’ to their Face­book or Twit­ter ac­count dur­ing the week. De­tails of how to do this will be on the home­page of Dys­lexia Scot­land’s web­site.

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