Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011 has arrived. As the name implies, this week is all about raising awareness of dyslexia. Around 1 in 10 people in the UK are dyslexic. It can take many forms but it never has to be a barrier, many of the most creative and succesful people are dyslexic. This is the week to celebrate dyslexia.

But it’s not just talking about dyslexia, it’s about having fun too.

So, what’s on near you?

There are many events during Dyslexia Awareness Week. Through lots of hard work and dedication, often by volunteers or on shoestring budgets, Dyslexia Awareness Week showcases dyslexic talent of all ages in many guises.

The British Dyslexia Association is organising two events during the week, an Exhibition and Competition Awards Evening and the Strictly Spellbound Ball. The Exhibition and Competition Evening will showcase dyslexic talent in writing, art and inventing for all ages. Having received a wide range of entries from all ages, the evening will be a chance for people to see the works displayed. Prizes will also be presented to the best entries, as decided by our panel of expert judges. The Strictly Spellbound Ball will be a chance for all the hardworking people who support dyslexics on a daily basis to be rewarded. Whether it’s volunteers, family members or teachers, all will be there to have a fun evening of fine food and dancing.

Organsied by msft, the DYS-PLA festival celebrates dyslexic story makers as part of National Dyslexic Awareness Week in November. The festival was born as an exploration of the differences between dyslexic and non-dyslexic writers. Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to go from strength to strength.

‘Positively Dyslexic’ is an event organised by the Adult Dyslexia Centre in Maidenhead. The even will consist of an exhibition of creative work ranging from writing to art work to 3 dimensional surprises. There are many more events going on, check out our website for more details on events and how to get involved.

Organising an event? Contact Dominic on dominicl@bdadyslexia.org.uk with details of the event or put them in the comments section below.

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011 Fundraising Campaign

Each year, the British Dyslexia Association’s Helpline handles around 12,500 calls from people needing help with a wide range of problems. From parents worried about their children, to adults having difficulties at work the Helpline staff deal with all their queries, concerns and questions. This service is predominantly run by a band of very willing volunteers.

The Helpline was supported by a Government grant. This ran out earlier this year, leaving the B.D.A. with the responsibility of running it. The B.D.A. also supports a number of projects up and down the country, helping young people with dyslexia. The Children Will Shine project works with teaching assistant (TAs) specialist teachers, and parents, to set up local groups in order to support dyslexics within their geographic area. Over the next five years, this project aims to assist about 45,000 dyslexic children over the country.

This year for Dyslexia Awareness Week, the British Dyslexia Association is launching its JustTextGiving campaign. In order for these projects to continue supporting people, we need your help. You can text a donation of as little as £1 simply by texting BDAF11 and your amount to 70070. You can donate either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.

Example: Text ‘BDAF11 £2’ to 70070 to donate £2.

All the proceeds will go to the British Dyslexia Association. All it will cost you is the cost of a single text.