Monthly Archives: October 2014

Dyslexia: the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic videos

Videos are dotted around on this blog – many are now on the Festival of Dyslexic Culture website @dysculture (with written permissions)

Do you want to make your own short video with your phone and send in here?

Is it time to celebrate being neurodiverse? to tell everyone what we love about our divergent and incredible ways of thinking, however frustrating and non-linear in a linear society?

The deficit model is not working and does not allow us to play to our strengths, I would argue…

What do you think?

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What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic? (Annie)

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What’s the Best Thing about Being Dyslexic?

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Is that a question you are used to hearing?

Me, neither!   That’s why I asked a number of trainee dyslexia tutors on the PGCert Teaching Adult Learners with Dyslexia / SpLDs in Further & Higher Education course
(who are themselves neurodiverse) just that question…

As their course leader, it seemed only fair that I did the same, so here is the link to my video, filmed April 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqHn0vurOiU

If YOU want to submit a short video for this site and / or for the Festival of Dyslexic Culture (to be held in London during October 2014) then just sent it in to me.

Thank you. Happy viewing, happy positive thinking!

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Festival of Dyslexic Culture…now in technicolour!

FESTIVAL getting near…@dysculture

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Festival Press pic welcome to the universetee

hooray… you can now get full information, buy tickets, volunteer, take part and more.

Festival info in full technicolour – just clicking on the orange link above (‘Festival Press’)…

Come along on Saturday, 8th November to LondonMet in Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
(near the Holloway Rd tube – or Highbury & Islington BR / tube)

Why not send in a short video to let everyone know:

“What’s the Best Thing (for you) about being Dyslexic?”

(… or Dyspraxic, Dyscalculic, AD(H)D, Aspergers’ and Dysgraphic?)

We are not seeking to minimise the real difficulties of being Neurodiverse (goodness, no!),
but let’s celebrate who we are, what we are good at, what we like doing and build on our strengths

Yes?

Hope to see you on 8th November for a wonderful day (and evening)

annie :))

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Announcing the 1st International Festival of Dyslexic Culture

In association with London Metropolitan…

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Festival of Dyslexic Culture…now in full technicolour!

Festival Press pic welcome to the universetee

hooray… you can now get full information, buy tickets, volunteer, take part and more.

Festival info in full technicolour – just clicking on the orange link above (‘Festival Press’)…

Come along on Saturday, 8th November to LondonMet in Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
(near the Holloway Rd tube – or Highbury & Islington BR / tube)

Why not send in a short video to let everyone know:

“What’s the Best Thing (for you) about being Dyslexic?”

(… or Dyspraxic, Dyscalculic, AD(H)D, Aspergers’ and Dysgraphic?)

We are not seeking to minimise the real difficulties of being Neurodiverse (goodness, no!),
but let’s celebrate who we are, what we are good at, what we like doing and build on our strengths

Yes?

Hope to see you on 8th November for a wonderful day (and evening)

annie :))

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Announcing the 1st International Festival of Dyslexic Culture

In association with London Metropolitan University

Saturday, 8th November 2014
London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road N7 8DB

Organised by people who identify as dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic, AD(H)D & Asperger’s for everyone to enjoy. A celebration of who we are through what we create, showcasing the things we excel at: from art to innovation in academia, from music to creative writing, from acting to engineering, from dance to entrepreneurial business and beyond.

The 2014 Festival has three themes:

• What is Dyslexic Culture?
• The Best Things About Being Dyslexic
• Conditions for Success

It will include:

• A Festival with live performances by dyslexic musicians, artists, dancers & poets.
• Workshops by dyslexic innovators & entrepreneurs, film makers & authors. An Exhibition of art, film, engineering & guidance for success
• An Academic Symposium, where speakers are dyslexic or have associated neurodiversity
• An Evening’s Entertainment with live music & comedy

Contact & info: festivalofdyslexicculture@gmail.com

For more information, including how to buy tickets or take part, visit:
Website: http://www.festival-of-dyslexic-culture.org.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dysculture
Youtube: festival-of-dyslexic-culture.org.uk/youtube-channel/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dyslexicculture
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Editors’ Notes:

1. The Festival of Dyslexic Culture is a Community Group of dyslexic individuals and organisations founded in 2014 to organise an annual festival. This is its first festival and is being held in association with London Metropolitan University.
2. We feel proud that dyslexic innovators make an extraordinary contribution to society and dyslexic entrepreneurs are at the forefront of economic recovery (US estimates: 20% – 35% of highly successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic).
3. Significant numbers of successful musicians, actors, film-makers, animators, scientists, engineers, politicians, dancers, designers, athletes, comedians, writers, police, fire-fighters, architects, artists, games designers, chefs, inventors, TV presenters, academics and poets are dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic and/or have AD(H)D or Asperger’s. That is not an accident.
4. It is estimated that there are 6 million dyslexics in the UK (BDA, DyslexiaAction). If we include people who are dyspraxic, dyscalculic, AD(H)D and Asperger’s then that estimate increases to 10 million.
5. The event is taking place in National Dyslexia Awareness Week (3-9 Nov 2014).
6. International artists include: Aakash Odedra, Ross Noble, Matthew Scurfield, and Aqualina
7. Other speakers and acts include Professor Angela Fawcett, Dr Nim Folb, Sally Gardner, Rebecca Loncraine, Anne Morris, Dr. Anne Nortcliffe, Dr Ross Cooper.
Full details will be available on the website nearer to the event.
8. Anyone with dyslexia or associated neurodiversity wishing to speak, run a workshop, take part in the exhibition (including careers, employment & entrepreneurialism; education & self-development; home life & access to products & services; and assistive technology) or exhibit their art, please contact the Festival email address:
festivalofdyslexicculture@gmail.com

Supporters of the Festival include:
London Metropolitan University, the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), BDA Music, Dyslexia Action, the Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO), DysPla, RASP, AchieveAbility, Steven Naismith, Aakash Odedra and Ross Noble

The first international Festival of Dyslexic Culture is coming to London this November!

pic an american wedding in Green Lanes the car park at McDonalds drivethro

A random photo i took whilst shopping…

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More importantly:

The first international Festival of Dyslexic Culture is coming to London, timed to nicely round-off Dyslexia Awareness Week – to be helf on Saturday, 8th November

Dyslexia Rules London

So, hooray! the date is set:

Saturday, 8th November

the venue (London Metropolitan University*) is ready for us…

(*its where i work, running a range of dyslexia / SpLD professional courses in the FE and HE sectors)

We are a small, effective organising team with loads of (creative, practical and do-able) ideas and a wealth of experience, so things are very much on track for our first Festival

So, what are we doing? celebrating achievements and interests in music, comedy, film, video, technologies, academia, science, in dyslexia /SpLDs, in the arts and much much more…

Interested?

Know someone who may be interested in coming along / taking part / volunteering on the day?

The date is Saturday, 8th November:

* the Festival will run from 11.30am – 6.00pm

* this is followed by Evening Entertainment in the adjoining Rocket venue (comedy stars, music, bands and more) in the evening, 7pm – 10.30pm

* in addition, an Academic Symposium will run from 10.00am – 5.00pm
(with a two-hour break for delegates to eat but most importantly take in some of the art, workshops, vox pop, gaming, live performances – theatre, poetry, readings – and much more and get involved too)

the Festival website, Twitter, FB and link to buy tickets online is via the website, also here:

Festival Website: http://www.festival-of-dyslexic-culture.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dysculture

please come along – and spread the word :))

many thanks,
annie

Festival Press Release final 2014
The first international Festival of Dyslexic Culture is coming to London this November!