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Dyslexia Today

Saturday, 19 October 2019

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Suitable for: 9+ (Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)


Multi award-winning author, Sally Gardner, hosts our first ever event focusing on dyslexia, reading and writing. Aged 11, Sally was told that she was ‘word blind’ and classified as ‘unteachable’. However, she went on to gain 5 ‘O’ levels and a place at art school. Sally has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed books for children and young people, including Maggot Moon, winner of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal, and will also talk about her most recent title, The Wind in the Wall.

There will also be expert speakers on the subject of dyslexia, including Rochdale Council’s Place Lead Helen Chicot. One of the borough’s Community Champions will tell of her experience of supporting adults with dyslexia and other literacy issues, and there will be the opportunity to find out who to contact locally for additional help.

Recent years have seen greater numbers of adults seeking diagnoses for dyslexia after ‘slipping through the net’ at school. It’s time to really talk about the stigma of dyslexia, and reading for pleasure as well as for function. Sally argues that being dyslexic is not a disability, but a gift and, though her NUWord website, sets out to imagine a world beyond the word ‘dyslexia’.

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