Weekly Roundup: UAE Dyslexic Pupils need more Support and Dyslexia in the Workplace

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United Arab Emirates: Dyslexic pupils need more support

Dyslexia affects children and adults all around the world, regardless of the language they speak. In this week’s news the expected closure of non-profit Taleem Centre for Training and Skills Development in Abu Dhabi has been brought to international attention. The centre is suffering from a severe lack of funding and its definitive closure would lower the quality of life of numerous pupils, as 10% of children suffer from reading disabilities in the United Arab Emirates.

Shereen Jassem, the founder of the centre is calling for more awareness of reading and learning disabilities and hope that affected pupils will be given opportunities to overcome their disabilities.

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The Scottish Government has pledged a £100,000 to help Dyslexia Scotland

On the happy side, the Scottish Government has announced funds in the sum of £100,000 for the development of an online Toolkit developed in collaboration with Dyslexia Scotland to be used in Scottish schools. The three-times Formula one world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has praised the aid and attended the launch event at the University’s Moray House School of Education

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The Dyslexia Association’s new chair focuses on dyslexia in the workplace

Richard Brown took a Chair in the Dyslexia Association in Nottingham aiming to help and support people with dyslexia. Brown has a self-learned technique to bypass his dyslexia and has a career in sales. The Dyslexia Association specialises in providing tailored solutions to people affected by dyslexia in the workplace. The professor emeritus Julie Logan from Cass Business School (London) estimates that 20% of UK entrepreneurs have dyslexia. As reading poses a difficulty to them, people with dyslexia tend to compensate and develop excellence in other skills. However entrepreneurs as well as employers may need assistance to help the ones affected by dyslexia reach their full potential. Contacting the Dyslexia Association for instance can be a step forward to create the needed support!

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Next Weeks events:

Free Adult Literacy Course – Woking, UK

13th March 2017 – 10:30 to 12:30

Free College Skills Course for Young People with Dyslexia – Glasgow, UK

14th March 2017 – 10:00 to 12:00

Free Children’s Catch-up Club – London, UK

15th March 2017 – 16:00 to 16:45

Free Adult Catch-up Club – London, UK

15th March 2017 – 16:45 to 17:30

Dyslexia Scotland Branch Meeting – Glasgow, UK

16th March 2017 – 19:00

Free Parent Awareness Course – Swansea, UK

18th March 2017 – 10:15 to 12:45