Our Strategic Plan sets out how we campaign for a dyslexia-friendly society.
You can contribute to a wide range of consultations about issues that affect people with dyslexia. Further details here.
Scottish Dyslexia Documentary
In 2018 we supported the development of the first Scottish documentary on dyslexia. Educate Me explores dyslexic people’s experiences of education, sharing personal stories of how their schooling has affected their lives and learning. As well as being a documentary about dyslexia, the film was produced and edited by an all-dyslexic crew. We are currently creating a follow up documentary about dyslexia and mental health and wellbeing.
Dyslexia Awareness Week Campaigns
Dyslexia Awareness Week is an annual opportunity to put dyslexia on a national platform. Our 2018 campaign was themed ‘My Wider World’ with the intention of highlighting the lifelong and life-wide effects of dyslexia beyond reading and writing. Our poster campaign featured children, young people and adults showing how dyslexia enhances their abilities as an artist, footballer, writer, designer and sound engineer. The posters prompted dyslexic people across Scotland to feel more confident about dyslexia, and gave others a better idea of dyslexia’s multi-faceted nature. Following the week, Margaret Mitchell MSP lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the campaign.
In 2019 we showed real dyslexic Scots at work with the intention of encouraging young dyslexic people to be more optimistic for their futures.The posters featured a Police Officer, trainee teacher, business owner, Scottish Government worker and a social entrepreneur animator.
Ellie's Blue Dyslexia Ribbon Campaign
Ellie was Dyslexia Scotland’s first Young Ambassador. In 2012 she came up with the idea of a blue ribbon to raise awareness of dyslexia during Dyslexia Awareness Week.
At the time, Ellie said: 'I want children to feel comfortable with their dyslexia and not to have to hide it away. I want to educate people so that they understand that dyslexics are creative out of the box thinkers and that we are just as clever as everyone else. I want them to embrace their dyslexia and achieve their goals.'
Since the ribbon campaign was launched, 50,000 blue ribbons have been distributed each year across Scotland during Dyslexia Awareness Week.
Farming with Dyslexia campaign
The National Farmers Union for Scotland launched a campaign in July 2014 to raise awareness about the issues faced by farmers with dyslexia.
Following the campaign launch in July 2014, the Farming With Dyslexia (FWD) Working Group was formed, bringing together organisations working within the rural sector, as well as Dyslexia Scotland.
Border Life produced a video which shows a farming family, Andrew, Aileen and Alexander Orr's experiences of dyslexia.
Another video, produced by the Scottish Government, features NFUS's campaign ambassador, Kirstie Baird, Dyslexia Scotland's former Chair of Council, Fiona Dickinson and other members of the Farming with Dyslexia working group.
Download a Farming with Dyslexia poster.
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