Dyslexia Awareness Week 5-11th October is an opportunity to explore what it means to be dyslexic, to celebrate the strengths and qualities it may bring, to consider the challenges and to provide support where needed, and to build our understanding of dyslexia.  People with dyslexia think differently and often have particular strengths including great communication skills, an ability to see the bigger picture or to find different ways to solve a problem. Another strength can be creativity, and we’re particularly celebrating this in 2020.

This year for Dyslexia Awareness Week the theme is about ‘getting creative’ and we will be exploring this within tutor groups throughout the week.

A Few Facts for Dyslexia Awareness Week:

  • Britain’s favourite foodie, Jamie Oliver, is dyslexic. Rather than seeing this as a negative, Jamie is proud of his dyslexia.  He believes this enables him to see the world from a different perspective.  Dyslexia has not held him back, and you don’t have to look far to see the evidence. As of 2020, he has a net worth of an estimated £230 million.
  • 50% of people with dyslexia are left-handed, whereas only 11% of the total UK population are left-handed.
  • The Dyslexic brain is typically larger than the average-sized brain and often more creative.
  • The most common cause of dyslexia is genetics and the way the brain develops neurologically.

If you would like any more information, please contact Ms Karen Betts in Learning Support.