Dyslexia News June 2015

Dyslexia News – July 2015

Dyslexia and dyslexics are frequently in the news.  Here are some links to a small selection of the articles published last month that feature dyslexia and dyslexics.  If you want to receive … please subscribe by filling in the form to the right, or follow me on twitter @DyslexicProf.

Government Failing Dyslexic Farmers

A Wigtownshire farmer is considering taking legal action against the Scottish Government because of what he claims is its failure to cater for farmers with dyslexia. (the Scottish Farmer)

http://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/government-failing-dyslexia-farmers.27249630

Is dyslexia associated with exceptional visual-spatial abilities?

Children and adults with dyslexia have reading skills that are weak relative to their overall intelligence. That’s why it is often referred to as “specific learning disability”.

But what if such a profile also tended to be associated with exceptional strengths in other areas, such as visual skills? That’s certainly what some experts have proposed.

Read about a new study in this field in the Research Digest blog.  (British Psychological Society)

http://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/06/is-dyslexia-associated-with-exceptional.html

How dyslexic schoolboy’s mum is taking on education bosses in bid to win him place at specialist school

Mother of struggling Alex Walker, 11, battling for him to attend Maple Hayes in Lichfield to fulfil his full potential. (Birmingham Mail)

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/how-dyslexic-schoolboys-mum-taking-9511545

Richard Branson Shares His Advice For A Nine-Year-Old With Dyslexia In Handwritten Letter

Richard Branson has shared a handwritten letter of advice that he sent to a young girl with dyslexia.

Honor Smith, nine, had written to Branson to thank him for sharing a video that showed dyslexia in a positive light.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/06/12/richard-branson-writes-letter-dyslexia_n_7569630.html

How dyslexic schoolboy’s mum is taking on education bosses in bid to win him place at specialist school

Mother of struggling Alex Walker, 11, battling for him to attend Maple Hayes in Lichfield to fulfil his full potential. (Birmingham Mail)

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/how-dyslexic-schoolboys-mum-taking-9511545

British Dyslexia Helpline – 50% Increase in Calls

So far this year the British Dyslexia Association has experienced a 50% increase in the number of calls from people needing advice and support.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bdahelpline-appeal

Teachers to be trained to recognize dyslexia after new law goes into effect on July 1 – why is the UK so far behind?

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 26, 2015)– A new law that will help teachers assist dyslexic students goes into effect next week. Starting July 1, dyslexia will be added to the teacher training section of the general education code for the first time. (Fox 59)

http://fox59.com/2015/06/26/teachers-to-be-trained-to-recognize-dyslexia-after-new-law-goes-into-effect-on-july-1/

I wasn’t dumb or slow, I was dyslexic

For those who think life as a dyslexic is not hard, trust me, it is.

I gave my first speech in front of more than 500 people when I was just nine-years-old.. (Tribune)

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/28286/i-wasnt-dumb-or-slow-i-was-dyslexic/

Secret Teacher: we are too quick to label children who aren’t perfect

Too many adults assume that if a child is struggling there’s something wrong. It’s unhelpful and unfair to those with dyslexia, ADHD and other conditions (the Guardian)

“You don’t want to be in 4J, you’ll get dyslexia.”

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jun/20/secret-teacher-too-quick-label-children-arent-perfect-adhd-dyslexia

Everton striker Steven Naismith tells how dyslexia helped him as a footballer

DYSLEXIC Everton striker Steven Naismith has revealed how the condition has actually benefited him in his football career. (Liverpool Echo)

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/everton-striker-steven-naismith-tells-9405139