Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia in Academia and Richard Branson

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Dyslexia in Academia

There is a need for more acceptance of dyslexia in the academic world. This week The Guardian has published an anonymous article by an academic suffering from dyslexia. The author was diagnosed with dyslexia at school, but never admitted their difficulty to an employer in 23 years of working before now, fearing discrimination. The author admits that their dyslexia makes it harder to work with reference numbers and sometimes leads to time-consuming confusion, however it does not influence his/her academic writing. In this respect, it only partially disturbs their working routine, while leaving the most important part of the job – writing academic articles and publications – unaffected. However the fear of losing one’s job and not being accepted within the academic world remains high for persons with disabilities. The author discusses fears and feeling isolation throughout their academic career shared with colleagues also affected by forms of dyslexia.

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Weekly roundup: UK- Additional Support and USA- Governmental Bill

One in four Scottish pupils require additional support

The Herald Scotland reports that according to the data collected by Scottish Children’s Services Coalition 25% of Scottish pupils of primary, secondary or special schools are in need of additional support. These 170’000 are affected by numerous learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, autism, language problems and others. The numbers of pupils rose up drastically in the last four years, however it is unclear if this is due to an increase of children affected by learning impairments or the stronger mediation of the learning disabilities in the media, leading to more parents to be able to detect disabilities themselves.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyscalculia & Dyslexia Success Stories

This Week’s Dyscalculia & Dyslexia Success Stories

Two success stories of persons affected by dyslexia have been trending in the news this week. The first article published in Quartz news outlet discusses the system behind the unconventional IKEA’s products titles. The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, who is known to have suffered from dyscalculia, decided to name his products to avoid the challenging taping in of numeral product codes. This is how he invented a name system referencing specific semantic groups dependently on the range of the product to be titled. Bathroom articles for instance are named after Swedish lakes and bodies of water, whereas bed textiles refer to flowers and plants. Today IKEA is famous around the world for its unusual product names such as Grönkulla or Knutstorp, which positively contribute to the fame of the company.

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Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia’s Public Image

This week several life-experiences linked to dyslexia have been circulating online.

The beloved American actor and author Henry Winkler has made it to the news again! The actor famous for being a dyslexia awareness campaigner read his newest “Here’s Hank: Always Watch Out for the Flying Potato Salad!”, a book series for children based on Winkler’s learning challenge due to dyslexia, to a group of children on Fox News. His book series approaches dyslexia with humour and helps to prevent stigma in the younger generation. The series also represents a consistent effort to motivate children living through similar experiences to read and identify themselves to the character named Hank.

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