Dyslexia Awareness

The team at CPD Bytes is passionate about raising dyslexia awareness amongst teachers, TAs, SENCos and parents.  We have produced the course Dyslexia Awareness for Post 16 Educators and the suite of Hidden Dyslexia courses tailored for teachers, Classroom and Learning Assistants and parents.

Our course content is authored by a respected authority in the field, namely our Education Director, Moira Thomson MBE and our courses are delivered through the e-learning portal Moodle which is available online 24/7.

Dyslexia Awareness Week

We value and support the annual Dyslexia Awareness Week run by the British Dyslexia Association.  This year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week runs from 2 – 8 October in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and from 6 – 11 November in Scotland.  The theme for this year is Positive about Dyslexia.

As dyslexia affects 10% of the UK population it is important to raise awareness of how to build a dyslexia friendly society in schools, in employment and in the wider community.

The British Dyslexia Association have been campaigning for 45 years to raise awareness.  People with dyslexia are protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Made By Dyslexia

Made By Dyslexia, a charity supported by Richard Branson, campaigns to raise dyslexia awareness with innovative techniques like their Dyslexic Sperm Bank.  An ad agency opened a shop claiming to be a Dyslexic Sperm Bank, which naturally intrigued passers-by, who on entering were shown a number of photographs of innovators in their field like Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Steve Jobs, all of whom were dyslexic.  Many people had felt that dyslexia was a disadvantage rather than just a difference in thinking and learning style.  The shop helped raise awareness that many original thinkers were or are dyslexic.

In Chicago, USA, a coffee shop held an immersive educational experience in partnership with Everyone Reading Illinois (which was founded in 1978 as a branch of the International Dyslexia Association).  The coffee shop menus and signage all featured letters that were compressed, jumping off the page, or duplicated, backward or mixed up to make a different word.  Customers felt the experience really helped them to understand the difficulties dyslexics face in everyday life.  What a truly wonderful example of raising awareness of dyslexia.

Despite various groups over the years campaigning for dyslexia awareness to be a mandatory part of initial teacher training successive governments have failed to institute the training policy so far.   The battle continues to raise dyslexia awareness. CPD Bytes is proud to be supporting that battle to raise dyslexia awareness with our online specialist courses.