Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – August 2018

In the headlines

9 August 2018

Freya Ridings, 23, is a singer-songwriter who has expressed her gratitude for being dyslexic in an interview with the BBC. She says that her severe dyslexia is the reason that she began to write her own songs at the age of 9 because she struggled so much with learning anyone else’s that her music teachers gave up on her. She attended the Brit School from age 16. Her single “Lost Without You” has begun to create a stir. Watch her video for the single on youtube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDPpex1wvOc

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45095942

 

Dyslexia: to disclose or not?

August has been a quiet month for dyslexia stories but that just allows us to highlight some of the work done by the West Lothian Dyslexia Network on Dyslexia and Disclosure.

West Lothian Dyslexia Network is made up of a range of partners in housing, employment, learning and community-based services, who work together to enable fair access to services for adults with dyslexia. The network’s members identified that some of the adults they supported were reluctant to disclose their dyslexia, which makes it difficult to put relevant adjustments in place. The network decided to conduct a survey to get a better understanding of people’s motivations relating to disclosure.

Although some respondents had positive experiences to share on disclosure, many had felt discriminated against. Interestingly the survey found that younger people are more likely to disclose with all the respondents who were 25 or under doing so to help with work or learning.

Follow the link on West Lothian Dyslexia Network’s webpage to download the full article originally published by Dyslexia Scotland.

https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/dyslexia-network