World Dyslexia Day
October 10th is the World Dyslexia Day! It occurs every year on Thursday during the Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW), part of the Dyslexia Awareness Month: October. The event was founded by the European Dyslexia Association to raise awareness of dyslexia in Europe. World Dyslexia Day is also a day of joy in many ways, not only for its purpose of engaging people but also for uniting us, regardless of who we are.
The European Dyslexia Association is a European, non-governmental umbrella organization. It works like a platform and a voice of the people with dyslexia and so called ‘Specific Learning Difficulties’ in Europe. Representatives of ten national dyslexia associations formed and legally established the organization under Belgium law in 1987 in Brussels.
The purpose of World Dyslexia Day
The purpose of World Dyslexia Day is first and foremost to bring awareness and raise understanding of dyslexia, what it is and how it works. Based on these several associations throughout Europe create events, produce resources and share information with teachers, employers and the general public to highlight different dyslexia-related issues. For example early identification of dyslexia and reasonable adjustments. World Dyslexia Day, week and month often get support from schools and businesses, and this draws medias attention to what dyslexic people face every day.
Different events during World Dyslexia Day 2019
On World Dyslexia Day, different events and campaigns take place initiated by each association in Europe. This year’s theme is: Everyone can become a reader.
England is asking schools and workplaces to take a moment during a breakfast or lunch break, assembly or class to discuss how to empower dyslexia in the organization, maximizing the value it brings. Also to share information and invite relevant people to give their thoughts about dyslexia, for example a dyslexic pupil or coworker.
Another example is Sweden, celebrating the day with the campaign #formadinbokstav, or ‘shape your letter’ on social media. The campaign aims to entice everyone to play with the letters’ shapes and sounds. Play strengthens children’s linguistic abilities and makes it easier for them to learn to read and write. The campaign is also a way to dramatize reading and writing difficulties. This is how it’s done: make your funniest, nicest and best letter the way you want, shoot or film it, post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #formadinbokstav and #EDADyslexiaday.