Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – April 2017

In the headlines

28 March 2017

Dyslexia Scotland has announced that the free Open University module on dyslexia and inclusive practice is now available online. The further two modules will be available from June. The course is available at http://www.open.edu/openlearncreate/

http://dyslexiascotland.org.uk/news/free-open-university-module-1-now-live

7 April 2017

A specialist dyslexia tutor in Essex, Debbie Abraham, has started her own online courses aimed at parents of dyslexic children because of the gap in school funding for students who have difficulty with reading and writing but do not require specialist one-to-one teaching. She aims to help the parents begin to understand the complex issues involved. Her website is www.dyslexiadeb.co.uk

http://www.theenquirer.co.uk/chelmsford-woman-starts-her-own-online-courses-for-parents-of-dyslexic-children/

14 April 2017

Richard Branson has announced that he is going to launch Made By Dyslexia on May 2nd.   He will be working with Kate Griggs of Xtraordinary People who is also a dyslexia advocate. The organisation intends to change attitudes towards dyslexia by showing that dyslexia should be seen as a different way of thinking and not as a disadvantage.   Branson was provoked partly by the fact that many sperm banks refused sperm from dyslexics on the grounds that dyslexia was a ‘neurological disease’.

https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/launching-made-dyslexia

21 April 2017

The charity Dyslexia Action has gone into administration on April 13 after being in operation for over forty years. In the year 2016 it spent £8,127,000 with an income of only £6,432,000 which means an overspend of £1.7 million. The Training Centre, Dyslexia Guild and Units of Sound are still operating and it is hoped they will be sold. A Facebook page has been set up under the name Dyslexia Action Associates to continue to provide support where possible after the shock closure.

http://www.suttoncoldfieldobserver.co.uk/staff-given-30-minutes-warning-as-dyslexia-action-in-sutton-coldfield-goes-into-administration/story-30285184-detail/story.html