Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2015 (October 5-11 2015)

Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) 2015 will be held from October 5-11 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland it will be held from November 2-8.

The theme for 2015 is 'Making Sense of Dyslexia' and will look at how much of an impact the right support and interventions now can have on the future for people with dyslexia.

If you would like to learn more or get involved in Dyslexia Awareness Week then contact us on media@bdadyslexia.org.uk or 0333 405 4555.

Information on events planned for the week can be found here.

To be added to the mailing list for DAW 2015, please fill in this form.

You could also use Dyslexia Awareness Week as a reason to contact your local MP and request Government to look at improving provisions for those with dyslexia. We have created two handy letter templates you can use for this or you are welcome to write your own.

Letter for Local Dyslexia Associations to use.

Letter for general public to use.


This years posters have been designed by three very talented individuals with dyslexia. The first two were created by Jamie-Leah Grant, the second two by Paul Milton and the final four by Olivia Kelly. A huge thank you to all three designers for sharing their work with us and allowing them to be used for Dyslexia Awareness Week. The posters are free to download in PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the images below.




Resource Packs

Our resource packs for DAW are available again this year and are aimed at educational establishments and the workplace. Each contains information on dyslexia and handy hints and tips as well as fundraising ideas and information on DAW events.

The education pack also contains information that may be useful for parents such as ideas for encouraging reluctant readers. We hope you enjoy them!


Story Time

This year we will be asking Local Dyslexia Associations, bookshops, libraries, schools and community centres to host Story Time sessions that encourage children, families and adults to find books that they like and get involved in reading. During these sessions, the hosts would have special guests such as local authors to read from their book and encourage interaction. These sessions would feature books that are suitable for people with Dyslexia as well as potentially authors with Dyslexia. The books could be aimed at children or adults and be any genre including fiction and non-fiction. Information on events can be found here.

DAW Competition 2015

The B.D.A. annual Dyslexia Awareness Week competition is now open!

This competition is only open to individuals with dyslexia.

There are two categories this year:

  • Artists (including photography and graphic design):
    Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+
  • Writers (including fiction, non-fiction and poetry):
    Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+

The theme for 2015 is Making Sense of Dyslexia and we are asking you to interpret the theme in your own way. This year we are restricting the size of entries (to A5) and all entries must be submitted on the template, which can be found here.

The template should be printed double sided and then cut in half. Entries should be sent to DAW Competition, BDA Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7BW.

For more information, please download this flyer. Please note we are only accepting hard copies of entries this year.

DAW Awards 2015

The British Dyslexia Association's annual Dyslexia Awareness Week Awards are now open.

There are four categories this year:

  • Child (age 12 and under)
  • Young Person (age 13-17)
  • Adult (18+)
  • Teacher

The Awards will be presented at the BDA Awards Evening on November 27, 2015, The Hall at Gray’s Inn London. The award winner from each category and one guest will be invited to attend and receive their award at this event. Travel and accommodation has been generously covered by our sponsors.

To nominate someone for an award, please use this form and email nominations to media@bdadyslexia.org.uk or post to DAW Awards, BDA Unit 8 Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7BW.

Future Dyslexia Awareness Week Dates

The dates for 2016 and 2017 have been announced and are as follows:

October 3-9 2016

October 2-8 2017

Previous Dyslexia Awareness Weeks

Resources from 2014, 2013 and 2012 Dyslexia Awareness Week's can be found here.