The Dyslexia Awareness Week runs from the 5th of October to the 11th. The theme of this year is “Making Sense of Dyslexia” and will look at how much of an impact the right support and intervention now could have on the future of people with dyslexia.
At your school library ISGR / IHGR we celebrate by preparing a table where we will display current information about dyslexia, talking (read aloud) books and more. On Wednesday afternoon 2015-10-07 at 15.00 we will also demonstrate Legimus in the library. If you miss that you will get another chance on monday 2015-10-12 at 15.00. You are of course welcome to talk to us any day if you would to apply for a Legimus account.
During the Dyslexia Awareness Week, the great chapter book author Helena Bross (1950-), will attend Partille library, Lerum library and Alingsås library. Helena Bross has got dyslexia herself and has written the much-loved book series: Svartskogens hemligheter, Kusin-böckerna, Klass 1B, Solgatan 1 and Minimysterierna.
During the Dyslexia Days 10-12 October Martin Widmark (1961-) will visit the Gothenburg City Library. He has runned the project En läsande klass and has written the book series: LasseMajas detektivbyrå, Nelly Rapp, Halvdan Viking and Tyko Flores. For more information about what happens during this week and next week in Västra Götaland in connection with The Dyslexia Awareness Week and the Dyslexia Days you could take a look here.
What is dyslexia?
The English word for dyslexia comes from the Greek dys which means difficult and Lexia which in turn means that you have difficulty with words and letters. Dyslexia is a specific disability and do not reflect low intelligence. About 6% of the population has clearly dyslexia and a further 4% shows some small signs of dyslexia.
There are many intelligent and creative individuals with dyslexia. They read, write and/or spell not at a level that is consistent with their intellectual ability. People you may not know had dyslexia are for example: Cher, Tom Cruise, John Lennon, George Bush, Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie.
Why do we celebrate the Dyslexia Awareness Week?
Every child and adult with dyslexia and/or dys-differences in Europe have the right to access and receive appropriate support and opportunity to achieve their full potential in education, employment and life. They must be given the chance to learn on their own terms, being included in the reading community.
Reading is a skill and activity that provides knowledge, education, training, information and participation. The standing outside the reading community is in key parts outside the society. The right to read is about the right to read on the basis of the needs and circumstances of each person: writing, speech synthesis, talking books or braille. Only then it’s possible to achieve full democracy and participation.
Anyone who has reading difficulties are able to borrow audio books via Legimus. Legimus.se is a library where you can search for and borrow all our books. Legimus is also the name of an app where you can download and read talking books. Talking books can consist of audio only or text and audio. Behind the website and app is The Swedish Agency for Accessible Media.
Talking books are books that can be downloaded, and borrowed by people with reading diffficulties. There are both fiction and nonfiction and fiction in different languages represented among talking books.
If you want to borrow talking books you do not need to show proof or tell anyone why you prefer talking books. Just talk to one of your school librarians, Elin or Hjalte, so they could help you to get a loan account for talking books. If you wish to borrow books in English or any other language than Swedish, it is recommended that you use the advanced search option in Legimus: