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“There seems to be a lot more of it about . . . . “

This comment was made by Her Majesty, the Queen, as she presented me with an MBE for services to children with dyslexia.

Far be it from me to contradict the monarch – but I believe that there is not really more dyslexia about – we are just much better at identifying it than we used to be.

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Dyslexia Awareness week blue ribbon

Dyslexia Awareness Week – Scotland – Ellie’s Blue Ribbon

2015 will be the 4th year of the blue ribbon for Dyslexia Awareness.  Wearing a blue ribbon to show dyslexia awareness was the brainchild of Edinburgh teenager Ellie Gordon-Woolgar in 2012 when she was just 12 years old.  Her awareness raising campaign has grown from a personal project leading to the distribution of blue ribbons to Edinburgh schools in 2012 to a national campaign now managed by Dyslexia Scotland.

A former Dyslexia Scotland young ambassador (she had to step down due to imminent exams) Ellie writes:

“In Scotland, dyslexia awareness week is at the start of November – when people are already wearing poppies to remember soldiers.  When I was 12, this made me think about how we wear poppies and pink ribbons to raise awareness of particular issues, and I thought that wearing a ribbon could help raise awareness of dyslexia.  I am dyslexic and have three sisters – one is also dyslexic, one is dyspraxic and my younger sister is dyslexic and dyspraxic – so is my mum.

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Dyslexia Awareness Week Scotland 2015 Events

This year Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland runs from 2nd to 8th November. The theme this year is Making Sense of Dyslexia. Events will be launched on Monday 2 November by the Dyslexia Scotland van visiting Falkirk High School at 10 -11.30a.m, then Larbert High School at 12–1.15p.m, onto Wallace High School for 2–3.30p.m and finally visiting Stirling University, Queen’s Court from 4–5.30p.m. Pop on board for information, to see available resources and to chat to staff.

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