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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