Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 (October 3-9 2016)
Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) 2016 will be held from October 3-9.
The theme: ‘Identification of dyslexia’
Getting assessed and actually knowing if you are or might be dyslexic is a huge issue at any stage of any individual’s personal dyslexic journey. Therefore, for 2016 we have worked with the other major dyslexia charities namely Dyslexia Scotland, Helen Arkell, Xtrodinary People and Dyslexia Action to on agree the shared theme for this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week to be ‘Identification of dyslexia’.
Given the fact that dyslexia is a hidden disability and the most common learning difficulty we plan to deliver a powerful message that will prompt people to think and consider if they themselves or those close to them could be dyslexic.
A positive catalyst for change: Knowing if you are or might be dyslexic can be the catalyst for change in people’s lives and therefore a campaign to remove the barriers, the costs, the confusion and the myths will be a positive way to utilise the Awareness Week.
The daily themes: The daily themes we have agreed to work to across all of our partners are as follows DAW is 3-9th October;
- Monday – Why is it important to identify dyslexia?
- Tuesday – How is dyslexia identified?
- Wednesday – How does dyslexia affect people differently?
- Thursday – What help is at hand for those with dyslexia? (Also World Dyslexia Day – we willinvite social media posts on how those with dyslexia are helped around the world). We will also focus on dyslexia and adults on this day.
- Friday –Why is the correct help important and how can we raise awareness together?
Social Media: The agreed hashtag for the week is simply: #dyslexia2016
We encourage use of this across the charity and the sector.
Packs and Resources: The DAW 2016 packs will be available on our website shortly. These packs will provide an overview of the week and also the clear messages we would like to be delivered and the call to action for each daily theme.
We will also include posters in the packs and details of any events that may be scheduled for the week.
There will also be guidance on securing local press and media coverage during DAW.
If you would like to find out more or get involved in Dyslexia Awareness Week then contact us on email@example.com
To be added to the mailing list for DAW 2016, please fill in this form.
DAW Competition 2016
The BDA invites entries for our annual Dyslexia Awareness Week competition.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 2016 is the Identification of Dyslexia. We would like entrants to interpret the theme in their 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 on our website by clicking here or within the DAW Resource Packs. For further details on the competition and how to enter please click here.
Please send your entries to:
DAW Competition 2016, BDA, Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane,
Bracknell, RG12 7BW.
Deadline for entries is September 30, 2016.
A panel of judges will select the winner for each category. Please note, we are unable to accept photos of entries therefore all must be submitted as originals, by post. If you wish for your entry to be returned to you afterwards, please make sure to include your name and address on the back of the entry.
DAW Awards 2016
The British Dyslexia Association's Annual Dyslexia Awareness Week Awards are as follows;
1. Local Dyslexia Association of the Year
2. Contribution to the Field of Dyslexia: Categories: a. Volunteer b.Academic c. Organisational Member
3. Parent/Student Contribution for Services to Dyslexic Individuals:
4. Categories: a. Teacher b. Teaching assistant c. Education provider
The following two categories are only open to dyslexic individuals
5. Entrepreneurs’ award: Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+
6. Outstanding Achievement Award: Age Categories: 5-11 years, 12-17
years, and 18+
7. Jean Hutchins Accessibility Award
Nominations can either be submitted in hard copy to: DAW Awards 2016, BDA,
Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell, RG12 7BW. Or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: DAW Awards 2016.
The deadline for entries is September 30, 2016 and a panel of judges will
select the winners.
Future Dyslexia Awareness Week Dates
The dates for 2017 have been announced and are as follows:
October 2-8 2017
World Dyslexia Awareness Day
Will take place on the Thursday of the first full week of October each year.
Previous Dyslexia Awareness Weeks
Resources from 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 Dyslexia Awareness Week's can be found here.