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1 November 2006

MSP Backs Dyslexia Awareness Week

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has highlighted the importance of Dyslexia Awareness Week, which takes place from 6th – 12th November.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I applaud this awareness campaign. What we need to see is the existence of a dyslexia friendly society that will enable all dyslexic people to reach their potential.

“Dyslexia is best described as a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing. Accompanying weaknesses may be identified in areas of speed of processing, short term memory, sequencing and organisation, auditory and/or visual perception, spoken language and motor skills. It is particularly related to mastering and using written language, which may include alphabetic, numeric and musical notation.

“The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. They want to drive change in government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia-friendly society. Furthermore, through their Dyslexia Friendly Schools Campaign http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dfs.html, they are promoting better practice, from early identification through to appropriate intervention and support. In the workplace, they want a better understanding of dyslexia and the contribution that dyslexic people can make."

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