What I learned at DyslexiFest

DyslexiFest-logo-jpg Last Saturday, I escaped a drizzly afternoon by visiting Scotland’s first-ever dyslexia festival. The one-day event took place in The Lighthouse in Glasgow. Tucked down a wee lane, The Lighthouse is not the easiest building to find, but it is one of Glasgow’s architectural gems. It was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and it is officially Glasgow’s best cultural venue of 2019. One of the cultural events taking place at the Lighthouse on Saturday was #DyslexiFest. This was an event put on by Dyslexia Scotland to “celebrate all things dyslexia”. There was lots of information for parents, teachers and individuals who have an interest in dyslexia. Info tables lined the room, representing different organisations that have a role to play in supporting dyslexics. There were volunteers to chat to, a little ‘cinema’, workshops, and more free sweets and pens than you could fit in your handbag. Best of all, there was a volunteer permanently stationed at the building’s entrance to direct people to the right room – important when you consider how many dyslexics struggle with written signs, or maps, or both! I know quite a lot about dyslexia – I have dyslexia myself, and I sometimes blog about life as a dyslexic. Even so, I learned a few new things at DyslexiFest, and now I am going to share them with you: I came away from DyslexiFest with a big bundle of leaflets to pass on to my sister (whose 10–year-old is dyslexic). However, if you didn’t make it along and you would like to find out more about your rights and about the resources available, check out these websites: Dyslexia Scotland (for everyone) Addressing Dyslexia (for teachers and schools) Dyslexia Unwrapped (for 8 to 18-year-olds) Blog by Karen Murdarasi, guest blogger