We've got a fab website just for children and young people aged 8 - 18. Have a look here.
We're here to help and listen to you
If you have a question for us, we can help. Our Helpline staffare here every week day to answer your questions - call us on 0344 800 8484 or email [email protected]
If you’ve got an idea about things you’d like to see for young people with dyslexia, we want to hear from you. Email [email protected]
Listening to children and young people with dyslexia
Dyslexia Scotland knows it is really important to hear the views of children and young people with dyslexia.
Each of our quarterly members' magazines is all about and by children and young people with dyslexia. For more information about membership click here.
We have a group of 'Young Ambassadors' (under 25 years old) with dyslexia who will speak up about the important issues for young people with dyslexia.
Please email [email protected] or call 01786 425 126 if you would like any further information.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
As a person, you have rights that apply to everyone in the world. These are laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a young person, you also have other rights that apply to you that can be found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If you are a young person, the pictures on the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s website can help you relate your rights to the real world. If you work with young people, the pictures can help them find out more about their rights. Click here for more details.
Arnaud Touanga, AKA Real A, is a young rapper with dyslexia. Forced to leave his home in the Congo because of war, Arnaud eventually ended up in Glasgow as an asylum seeker. He grew up in a poor and alien community surrounded by drugs, violence and racism.
At school Arnaud found it difficult to fit in and keep up with work. He discovered he had dyslexia when he was 12. Around the same time, Arnaud began rapping. He found it made him popular with other pupils. It also gave him a way to communicate and express himself in a creative and positive way.
Real A had a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview the legendary Scottish three-time world Formula One racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland, and ask him about his own personal struggles with dyslexia.
Watch the interview at the following link:
Do you have a case study to share with us? Email us at [email protected]xiascotland.org.uk
Useful books about dyslexia
If you or your parents are members of Dyslexia Scotland you can borrow these books from our resource centre. Email [email protected] to borrow books.
TV Programmes about dyslexia
Kara Tointon 'Don't call me stupid' (BBC 3) This is part 1 - you can find parts 2, 3 and 4 on YouTube
Dyslexia Scotland YouTube Channel
'Heather' and 'Stuart' are computer voices which will read text on a computer. You can find out more here: http://www.thescottishvoice.org.uk/Home/
Useful podcast for studying
Listening is a great way to learn, and it gives us a break from reading and writing.
Our Lochaber branch helped set up a podcast project at their local high school. Since there are now new qualifications in Scotland, some of the podcasts will be out of date but most should still be useful. Click here for the podcasts.