Dyslexia Awareness Week

By Brodie Gettins

THE University of the West of Scotland is supporting Dyslexia Awareness Week, as one in 10 of us are thought to be dyslexic in some way.

Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland will run from Monday 6th to Friday 11th of November. Dyslexia support books have been made available in the library and posters are displayed around the university.

University Disability Advisor, Kim McGhee explains more about dyslexia: “It is widely known about but often misunderstood. As a dyslexic person it is important to have an accurate understanding of how it can impact on your learning and how you can access support and develop strategies to help.”

McGhee also reveals how UWS will provide guidance during this week: “The disability service will be providing resources and guidance on supporting dyslexia and promoting assistive software which is available in all campus PCs. As well as this, we will have interactive activities giving an insight in what it’s like to be dyslexic.”

Raewyn Riach from the University’s library explains the support that is provided there: “We can make print resources available in alternative formats for students. When it comes to books, for example, if we have electronic versions of the books, that’s fine, because they can use text to voice software on the electronic books to have it read out.”

If students believe that they have this learning disability they can visit disability support, where a diagnosis assessment can be arranged.

Outwith the university, Dyslexia Scotland is also hosting a range of events such as adult networking meetings, film screenings and workshops for teachers.

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