Dyslexia Awareness Week

10/10/2019

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects millions of people every day. However, not everyone understands the nature of dyslexia. Throughout this week, our students have been taking part in Dyslexia Awareness Week to help people to better understand dyslexia, and how it should empower those who live with this learning difference.

According to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), the driving force behind Dyslexia Awareness Week, 10% of the British population are dyslexic, 4% severely so. Despite the number of people who have dyslexia, a large amount of the population do not have an understanding of what dyslexia is or the effects it has. It is this lack of understanding that often presents unnecessary barriers for people with dyslexia.

Through Dyslexia Awareness Week, the BDA strives to improve knowledge of the learning difficulty, raise awareness of how commonplace it is, and alter the public perception of people with dyslexia. This starts with education, and our presentations in form time over this week have contributed towards making a change.

Young people with dyslexia can experience stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem due to the learning difficulty. The sooner the condition is recognised, the quicker support can be provided and lessons tailored, allowing us to help pupils develop at their own speed and in comfort.

At Horbury Academy, we have a student drop–in dyslexia support in our Dyslexia Hub every Wednesday to Friday, 2.45pm to 3.45pm, so please come along to find out how we can assess if you have any dyslexic traits, or for advice on ways to help you to use your strengths to overcome any weaknesses.

To find out more about our dyslexia assessment, support and interventions, visit: https://horbury.accordmat.org/dyslexia-hub/

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