Dyslexia week a time to be positive

Starting on Monday, 5 November, Dyslexia Awareness Week aims to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia through a range of events taking place across Scotland.

The programme, put together by Dyslexia Scotland and partners, aims to highlight sources of information, support and advice.

As part of this, Dyslexia Scotland Moray Firth is holding a free ‘drop-in’ session in the Maisondieu Suite at the Laichmoray Hotel, Elgin, on Wednesday 7 November from 1.30 to 8.00pm.  All are welcome to drop in for information, resources and advice.  There will also be a small information display in Elgin Library from Monday to Saturday.

The Dyslexia Scotland Moray Firth branch is chaired by Mary Evans, a retired Additional Support Needs Teacher who volunteers her time freely to help adults, children and parents affected by dyslexia. She also liaises with Moray Council, teachers and educational providers. Sheila Hull, Secretary, and Mandy Clinch, Treasurer, are both parents of children with dyslexia and became involved with the charity after receiving their own assistance from Mary and feeling strongly about raising awareness of dyslexia to help other parents access the information and advice they need.

Mary said, “Dyslexia can make life more difficult in some ways but people with dyslexia also have wonderfully creative brains and with the right support they can achieve their potential and more.”

Mandy added: “1 in 10 children and adults in Scotland have dyslexia, meaning that they face challenges each day. Dyslexia is not just about spelling, reading and writing – it can also cause difficulties with short-term memory, organisational and processing skills.”

Other members of the local Moray Firth committee include adults living with dyslexia who are artists, photographers, civil servants and a Dyslexia Scotland Tutor. All share a passion for spreading the word about dyslexia and creating opportunities for people with dyslexia to thrive.

Dyslexia Scotland Moray Firth can be found on Facebook where the local group share information about events and activities as well as resources aimed at adults, children, parents and teachers.

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.