Dyslexia Awareness week 2022

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Dyslexia Awareness week 2022

Breaking Through Barriers

Dyslexia Awareness week runs from 03 – 09 October, with the theme this year being ‘Breaking Through Barriers’.

See below the story of Lizzie Acker, Great British Bake Off superstar, discuss her experience of living with dyslexia:

Find out more on the British Dyslexia Association site – Bake with Lizzie Acker

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which primarily affects reading and writing skills. However, it does not only affect these skills. Dyslexia is actually about information processing. Dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia can also impact on other areas such as organisational skills.

It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.

British Dyslexia Association

Who can I talk to about dyslexia?

You can talk to your Progress Leader as a first port of call if you want a referral to be assessed, or need support for dyslexia or other learning differences.

You can find out more in the LRCs – look out for the displays on Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Visual display celebrating dyslexia awareness month in a library

How can technology help with dyslexia?

Dyslexia can’t be ‘treated’ or ‘cured’. Still, many of those affected develop effective strategies for successfully managing its impact and recognising and making good use of the many positive aspects that a dyslexic brain gives them.

Common technologies to help with reading, spelling and writing include voice recognition programmes, text-to-speech software, and spellcheck.

Mind mapping and note-taking applications, as well as electronic calendars, can assist with organisation.

Adjustments to how documents and web pages appear can also make reading more comfortable.


Find out more about how technology can help with dyslexia on the AbilityNet website.

Assistive technologies to help

Check out our Study Plus course on Microsoft’s accessibility tools such as Immersive Reader, read aloud, and dictation.

Visual dictionary and thesaurus – https://visuwords.com/

A pebble in my shoe – teenagers’ experiences of dyslexia an examinations book

If you are a teenager with a profile of dyslexia and are about to sit for your examinations, then this book is for you.

Read the PDF version of a pebble in my shoe here.