News press release - Dyslexia and Us

31 October 2011
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NEW BOOK DEBUNKS DYSLEXIA MYTHS

What do HRH Princess Beatrice, businesswoman Michelle Mone OBE, Olympic rower Sir Steve Redgrave, Scotland rugby player Kenny Logan, ‘Just a Minute’ radio show host Nicholas Parsons, comedienne Elaine C. Smith, an 11-year-old boy, a 78-year-old retired construction worker, a job seeker, a parent, a prisoner and a vet have in common?
 
They are among the many people who have shared their personal stories about what dyslexia means to them for a bold and eye-opening new publication, Dyslexia and Us.
The new book, which will be formally launched at Edinburgh's Central Library on Monday 31 October for the start of Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011, has been published by Edinburgh City Libraries after being conceived and compiled by Dyslexia Scotland.
 
Not every contributor is dyslexic but they have all been sufficiently affected by dyslexia to write their story. Entries have been printed exactly as they were submitted, without spelling or punctuation corrected.
 
With a foreword by Formula 1 champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, this is a collection of over 100 moving, poignant, sad, shocking, funny, instructive and illuminating personal accounts.
 
The stories describe the powerful impact of dyslexia on individuals, families, relationships, professionals and support staff. They give a fascinating insight into how dyslexic people are treated in a wide range of different day to day settings, including job centres, adult literacy classes, education and workplaces.
 
Dyslexia and Us will be formally launched by Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, who has also written an introduction for the book. 
Cllr Brock said:
 
"It has been an honour to read these powerful life stories about dyslexia, especially as I know first hand from the experience of family members how debilitating this condition can be at times. Some stories will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but every single one allows you to view dyslexia through the eyes of those the condition affects.
 
"Reading and Learning is at the heart of Edinburgh City Libraries and this book shows how important it is for everyone to understand the obstacles and challenges that our storytellers have to overcome on a daily basis.
"I am really delighted that Edinburgh City Libraries were able to work in partnership with Dyslexia Scotland to develop this moving, encouraging and motivational book."
 
Cathy Magee, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland, said:
 
"Dyslexia Scotland is really excited at the forthcoming launch of  Dyslexia and Us - it's a unique insight into what dyslexia means to over 100 people of different ages and backgrounds. We have been overwhelmed by the number of people keen to share their story as well as by the quality of the personal accounts. I'm really grateful to every single contributor and to Edinburgh City Libraries for making this book possible. If you want to learn more about dyslexia, this is the book for you."
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. In association with Dyslexia Scotland and BNYMellon, Edinburgh City Libraries have created a fantastic programme of exhibitions, workshops and events to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011 across Edinburgh. From events targeting young jobseekers to rapping workshops, “Dyslexia & Us”, from Monday 31 October until Saturday 5 November, is bound to have something for everyone.
 
2. Dyslexia and Us costs £7.99 and will be available to purchase from the Central Library's Reference Library and Dyslexia Scotland. It can also be ordered through Dyslexia Scotland's website:http://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/news/dyslexia-and-us-order-your-book-today  
  
Katie Emslie, Media Officer
0131 529 2427
katie.emslie@edinburgh.gov.uk