Milestone anniversary for Dyslexia Scotland

Dyslexia Scotland celebrates its 55th anniversary in December.

Originally the Scottish Association for the Study of Dyslexia in its inception in 1968, this small charity has become a ‘go to’ organisation that works with dyslexic people, their families, educators and employers and strategic decision makers throughout Scotland.

Dyslexia Scotland’s mission to enable dyslexic people to reach their potential has taken major strides in recent history.

Chief Executive Cathy Magee said, “In the last 20 years, we’ve responded to 37,754 Helpline enquiries, each brief intervention making a valuable difference to callers.”

In the last year alone, Dyslexia Scotland has found international acclaim and success for pioneering initiatives.

A head-turning campaign on the importance of accessible design reached worldwide audiences and scooped a suite of prestigious awards. And a recent innovative teacher-education collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council attracted funding from the estate of the late Sir Sean Connery Foundation.

Cathy Magee said, “This milestone anniversary is a time for us to look back with pride and look forward with anticipation. Over time, we have become maturer and wiser, and we have achieved a great deal along the way. We also know that there is still much to change for dyslexic people – and we are primed for the challenges ahead.”

Dyslexia Scotland has recently partnered with the University of Glasgow to undertake a national survey of dyslexic adults. The research will provide evidence of need within Scotland’s dyslexic community, helping to shape future provision.

Chair of Dyslexia Scotland David Shaw said, “We are embarking on a journey to a dyslexia-friendly Scotland. With the support of funders, volunteers and a dedicated staff team, we will continue to make a difference to thousands more dyslexic people in Scotland.”

Left to right: Chief Executive Cathy Magee, Ambassador Mark Stoddart and Chair of Council Irene Lumsden.