Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – November 2018

In the headlines

5 November 2018

Campaigner Ross Duncan writes an impassioned plea for more inclusion of neuro-diverse people in the workplace. He explains that given the right support someone with dyslexia can be an enormous asset to a company, particularly in the workplace of the future where their skills of vision, perseverance, problem solving, empathy, delegation and creativity will be vital. He is recommending an inclusive and ‘neuro-friendly’ workplace but he knows this will require a cultural change in recruitment policies and training procedures.

11 November 2018

Driver Youth Trust’s Director of Education, Jules Daulby has written a piece for Schools Week about how to get the most positive effects from specialist teachers in schools.   Over her career she has seen specialist teaching go from being a free service provided by the Local Authority to a traded service through the local authority, or bought in by schools privately or sometimes a full-time specialist teacher might have been trained using funding from the Department for Education following the Rose Report of 2009. She feels that the specialist teacher should be assessing, advising and implementing strategies both in the classroom and in interventions. She recommends that the other teaching staff see how the specialist teacher works and what they do so as to provide CPD to the classroom teaching staff in the area of literacy difficulties in children.

13 November 2018

James Rix, Founder and CEO of Harrix Group writes in FE News about his delight in hearing the content of EY’s report on the future of work. The report states that the skills that a dyslexic person has will be vital in the future workplace. He points out that one of the key conclusions of the report is that dyslexia is still regarded by teachers, employers and the Government as something to be overcome whereas the authors of the report see it as a difference and something that is valuable to society and business.   Dyslexic individuals have different abilities to neuro-typical people – strength in creativity, problem solving and communication skills.

28 November 2018

The European Dyslexia Charter has been launched at the European Parliament in Brussels by MEP Francis Zammit Dimech, with the aim of giving dyslexic people more opportunities to fulfil their aspirations in life. The Charter has been developed because research has established that there is a high level of disparity in understanding and addressing dyslexia across the 28 EU states. Many dyslexics still feel a stigma about the condition. It is estimated that the European dyslexic population is between 50 to 100 million people.

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