Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014 Programme

Dyslexia Scotland logoDyslexia matters:

  • To the 1 in 10 people in the UK affected by Dyslexia
  • Because with early intervention and the right support, people with dyslexia can reach their full potential
  • At school and at work, making the environment dyslexia friendly can benefit all.

In partnership with Dyslexia Scotland, here is our programme for Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014.

Reedeeg! Sam Barclay in conversation with Cathy Magee

Meet Sam Barclay, Graphic Design and typography – winner of several design awards.

Hear his own personal story of living with Dyslexia and creation of his award-winning book, ‘I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic’.

“The impact of Dyslexia is rarely seen in greater force than in education. Students that cannot learn to read have enormous difficulty reading to learn. If those around them – be it their teachers, parents or fellow students – can begin to understand what it feels like for them to be face to face with a page of text, the positive impact on their self-esteem will be felt for the rest of their lives.” Sam Barclay

Central Library, Monday 3rd November, 6.30 – 7.30pm. Book online

Apps to help your dyslexic child

Mobile devices such as ipads are increasingly used in teaching and learning and to support children with additional support needs. Learn about the apps that could help motivate your dyslexic child to enjoy learning!

An informal session with Fiona Manson, Specific Learning Difficulty / Dyslexia Tutor, for any parents, carers or those interested in supporting children with Dyslexia.

Fiona says, ‘I am passionate about helping people with Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties to develop skills to overcome the significant difficulties that they may face. I take a very person-centred approach to my work and will tailor my tutoring style to whatever is necessary to help the child or adult to capitalise on their strengths, increase their confidence and explore new and effective strategies to meet their learning goals.’

Granton Library, Wednesday 5th November, 10.00 – 11.00 am

” D is for Dragons” Anita Govan: Performance Poet and Stirling Makar

Hear Anita’s personal story and be inspired by her performance poetry. Here’s a sneak preview:

Anita is renowned for her fantastic performance poetry. She has been deeply involved in poetry slams in Scotland including the annual Inter City School Poetry Slams for 12 – 14 year-olds. Anita also happens to be dyslexic.

Portobello Library, Thursday 6th November, 6.30 – 7.30pm. Book online

Invitation only events

As well as the events listed above Sam, Anita and others including Dyslexia Scotland ambassador Paul McNeill and author Jonathan Meres will be taking parts in sessions with local schools and other invited groups. We’re also holding Dyslexia Awareness Workshops for City of Edinburgh Council Staff.

If you’d like to know more about Dyslexia Awareness Week email wendy.pearson@edinburgh.gov.uk


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