Monthly Dyslexia News Digest – March 2019

In the headlines

4 March 2019

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India has provoked outrage by seeming to poke fun at dyslexia.   His comment appeared to be an attempt to ridicule his political rival.  Many have demanded that he apologise for his clumsy remark and the view of dyslexia that underpins it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-47443043

10 March 2019

Harry Potter publishers Bloomsbury Publishing are releasing a range of books adapted for people with dyslexia.  The books are in large dyslexia-friendly fonts and have tinted paper to reduce glare and provide maximum contrast.

18 March 2019

Acas, the UK employment watchdog is recommending that companies create ‘neurodiversity champions’ to help support neuro-diverse staff members.  The advice is that by creating a more inclusive workplace, organisations would be opened up to a pool of talent that might otherwise be overlooked.

https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/organisations-missing-out-talent-by-not-supporting-neurodivergent-employees

28 March 2019

The Sunday Times and Fiona Gill, daughter of the late AA Gill have announced the AA Gill Award for next emergent food critic, in his honour.  The winner of the award will receive a £5,000 prize.   AA Gill was severely dyslexic and his articles had to be transcribed over the phone but this did nothing to detract from his witty and intelligent restaurant reviews. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/news/item/name/aa-gill-award-ps5-000-prize-for-the-next-emerging-food-critic

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