Julia Clouter from Scanning Pens met "The DDC", The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant - Elizabeth Wilkinson, and talked about dyslexia, learning differences, assistive technology, and creativity at the Dyslexia Information Day the event generated a lot of local buzz and also became a feature for BBC Radio Shropshire.
Telford’s Brookside, is an area known for social challenge, resident led social re-generation, and high demand for learning support in nearby schools. The day was busy, with many dedicated professionals freely giving their time to talk to families in this immaculately kept, well equipped, and comfortable centre in the heart of the community. Over excellent coffee and cake we shared thoughts about ways to make living with dyslexia (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) a better experience. We talked about how assistive technology can make life-changing differences to people with reading difficulties. We talked about equality of access to learning, work and life opportunities. We listened to local people talk about self-esteem, reading difficulties, and employment challenges. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all who attended.
At the helm, Elizabeth Wilkinson, (supported by her team of friends and family) has been behind more than a decade of 'not for profit' dyslexia events including Dyslexia Awards and Dyslexia Information Days like this one. Elizabeth thrives from seeing people get the support and information they need. Literally, thousands of people have benefited from her training, support, and determination to share solutions that make the world more dyslexia friendly. At this year's event, visitors were able to learn about dyslexia, receive advice, and discover services. There was guidance and information for all ages and an emphasis on music, poetry, and art that showcased dyslexia as creative asset, not just a disability.
Julia was delighted to attend with Scanning Pens and share information about ReaderPen technology. Paul Shuttleworth from BBC Radio Shropshire attended the event and spent some time talking with me about the "magic" that this little piece of assistive technology does by reading back printed words. And it really is “magic” if you are unable to decode when reading. They talked about self-esteem in school, behaviour, independence in learning and the work place. Paul is also dyslexic and they talked about the creative advantage that can be harnessed if you keep working on your self-esteem and find ways to support the challenges you face.