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October 2022 - Dyslexia Week

Updated: Sep 25

In October, we will be focusing on Dyslexia Week, held by the British Dyslexia Association. The theme of Dyslexia Week for this year is ‘Breaking Through Barriers’ and will run from the 3rd of October to the 9th of October.

This year's theme aims to highlight barriers for those living with dyslexia. For example, this covers how these problems can be mitigated and who can assist them to overcome these barriers.

One common misconception surrounding Dyslexia is the fact that it is an umbrella term, used to cover issues regarding reading and writing. This is false, as Dyslexia is covered under the term "neurodiversity" as a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) which can overlap with Dyslexia, such as anxiety, visual difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Dyspraxia.

While barriers vary for each person, some common barriers could include:

  • Confusing similar words, like "red" and "rid"

  • Issues with spelling and sounding out words

  • Difficulties comprehending oral and written instructions in a single try

  • Difficulties reciting details from memory, with a heavy reliance on notes

  • Issues trying to stay focused and concentrated, especially if there are distractions nearby

  • Confusing opposites with one another (such as left with right) Pressures of mental overload or disengagement

  • Avoiding certain tasks or work

  • Understanding written text, in some cases words/letters appear to move on the page

  • Click the arrows below to see an example of how Dyslexia can make it hard to read


Discussion points for Equality and Diversity

  • What barriers do you face?

  • How often do they occur?

  • Are you supported enough?

  • What does Dyslexia mean to you? Could it bring hidden benefits?

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