Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2010

Dyslexia awareness week 2010 is running from the 1st to the 7th November in the UK.

This year the theme is hidden dyslexia.The aim is to try to raise awareness of the challenges faced by students with a disability that presents no visible physical signs to the outside world.

People who are dyslexic often spend their lives hiding their problems from others. Due to this, dyslexia can often go undiagnosed and unnoticed by teachers and parents.

Despite having problems in some areas , such as literacy and writing they also often have hidden talents.

Hidden talents such as :

- Innovative and big picture thinking

- Excellent trouble shooting and problem solving

- Strong visual skills

- Determination

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is organising several events during this week ,including a play festival of the work of dyslexic playwrights.

In Turkey the situation is much worse than in the UK as still dyslexia is unknown by many people.There are no reliable statistics about the number of students who have dyslexia in Turkey.As yet, there is no standardised reading test to assess reading levels. All we can see is the the tip of the iceberg... and it is certain there are many more dyslexic students who need to be identified and helped here in Turkey. !!

Tell someone TODAY about dyslexia ... a neighbour , a friend , a work colleague ..spread the word.

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