This week, Scotland’s biggest dyslexia event, DyslexiFest, curated by national charity Dyslexia Scotland to support and celebrate all things dyslexia-related, will take place in the Forth Valley.
But this event isn’t just for dyslexic people, as the charity highlights how everyone could gain something by coming along - since even if you’re not dyslexic yourself, no doubt you will know someone who is.
According to Dyslexia Scotland 1 in 10 Scots is dyslexic, but many of those may not even realise that they are.
Dyslexia Scotland’s Chief Executive Cathy Magee said: “This learning difference is like a two-sided coin, often characterised by difficulties with reading, writing, memory and processing information, but with strong abilities in visual thinking and problem solving. DyslexiFest aims to showcase dyslexic talent and highlight the help and support available to help manage difficulties.”
Dyslexia Scotland’s National Development Officer Lena Gillies said “Every year we receive over two thousand phone calls to our Helpline from adults, students, parents, teachers and employers who are struggling and asking us for help to support them with dyslexia. At the same time we hear from hundreds of dyslexic people telling us about their phenomenal personal successes, wanting to share their inspiring stories, and we work with dozens of amazing organisations who support dyslexic people. It makes sense to bring all this together at DyslexiFest, so that we can support and celebrate ‘all things dyslexic’ under one roof for a day.”
The event brings together a range of organisations who support dyslexia and give information and guidance on everything from assistive technology to dyslexia friendly books and comics. Masterclasses, mini talks and a pop up dyslexia cinema will run throughout the day.
Employers, educators and teachers can speak directly with the companies who have expertise on supporting dyslexic learners and employees; and dyslexic event-goers can expect to be surrounded by other dyslexic people, in what aims to be a an event promoting and supporting dyslexic people. Dyslexia Scotland Helpline advisers, a career coach, and dyslexic creatives will be there on the day to inspire and encourage dyslexic people of all ages to reach their potential in life.
There to showcase Scottish dyslexic talent will be authors Iain MacKinnon and Linden Forster, and Dekko Comics founder Rossie Stone.
This event is being held at The Barracks Conference Centre, Stirling’s new third sector hub.
DyslexiFest runs from 11.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 7 March at The Barracks Conference Centre, Stirling and it’s free to attend.