October is Dyslexia Awareness Month


30 August 2021

Help spread the word

The Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA) conservatively estimates that dyslexia affects 10 per cent of our population. In other English-speaking countries, the numbers are closer to 20 per cent.

Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Leonardo da Vinci are some of the many famous people diagnosed with dyslexia. Others include Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg.

Dyslexia diagnosis

Dyslexia is described as a persistent challenge with acquiring and using written language and is often found to be hereditary.

It is most commonly diagnosed in school-age children and early childhood educators and primary school teachers are vital in providing early learning pathways for children.

ADA says that children with dyslexia learn in different ways. Many children living with dyslexia have been shown to have talented and productive minds.

Take action

During international Dyslexia Awareness Month, schools are encouraged to spread the word about ways to support people living with dyslexia, by sharing their stories and planning activities that support their learning.

Talking about dyslexia helps. Have you helped someone living with dyslexia? What did you do that made a difference? Can you recount their achievements and successes for others?

Your students might like to imagine living with dyslexia and writing, drawing or creating a film about people living with dyslexia.

Watch this series of three films for inspiration.

Talk about dyslexia in your classroom. Did you know?

  • 50 per cent of people with dyslexia are left-handed, compared to 11 per cent of the rest of the population
  • Studies have shown that people with dyslexia excel in areas such as creative thinking
  • Scientists have found that the dyslexic brain is typically larger than non-dyslexic brains.

Source: Dyslexia Awareness Week

Long-term support

ADA offers a professional AMADA (ADA Associate Membership) accreditation for teachers who complete 12-month minimum extensive training course in Multisensory Structured Language Education.

The association also offers an ADA school award – a certificate allocated to schools that are working towards MSL accreditation or who have AMADA on staff. To find out more about memberships and accreditation click here

Find out more about dyslexia in the classroom and pre-service teacher training here

For more resources go to:

dyslexiaassociation.org.au and dyslexiaida.org