See Dyslexia Differently

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The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) —the largest UK charity in the field of dyslexia — has launched an animation on social media to de-mystify some of the misconceptions around the condition.

It sheds light on the real challenges dyslexic children face whilst also highlighting their strengths and potential.

The animation can be seen on Facebook and Twitter and on the BDA YouTube channel and website.

Dom Wood, TV Presenter and Entertainer, said:

As someone who is dyslexic myself, I am delighted to be involved with the launch of this very moving animation. It is exactly the kind of thing children should be seeing to show them that it’s okay to be dyslexic and, although some things are difficult, there are many ways to excel.

Supporting resources to guide teachers on how to use the animation in primary schools are also available. Later this month, a special edition for schools will be released, with an introduction from Wood.

The captivating animation was created as part of a project led by the BDA with funding from the UK’s Department for Education. The project also funded the development of dyslex.io, a mobile first website which provides easily accessible information for people with dyslexia and those who support them.

A lack of understanding around what dyslexia is and how to support a child with dyslexia can lead to many problems, including low self-esteem; behavioural issues and working at a level not reflective of the child’s true intelligence.

Liz Loly, Communications and Relationship Manager for the BDA, said:

We are certain the animation is going to be well-received and empower young people with dyslexia to see many of the positives of thinking differently. We are encouraging everyone to share the animation with friends, family, pupils, celebrities and colleagues so it is seen wide and far and has maximum impact.

Seeing Dyslexia Differently was created by Studio Tinto.

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