It is estimated that 1 in 10 people has dyslexia. Dyslexia exists in all cultures and across the range of abilities and backgrounds. Dyslexia often runs in the family. There is no ‘cure’ but lots of practical things can help overcome some of the barriers it presents. Dyslexia is a learning ‘difference’, which means that the brain can approach things in a different way to other people. Dyslexia can affect the way people communicate, and is different for everyone. It is not just about reading and writing and it has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexia is classed as a disability under the Equality Act.
Unidentified, dyslexia can result in low self-esteem, stress, behavioural problems, and underachievement. But with the right support, children and adults with dyslexia can reach their potential.
One way you can help is by providing written information in dyslexia friendly formats.
When producing documents and worksheets, it is important to focus on the presentation and layout to ensure that information is easily accessible. Dyslexia Scotland has a free printable guide on dyslexia friendly formats available here: https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/our-leaflets
Contact Dyslexia Scotland:
Telephone: 01786 446650