Dyslexia Awareness Week

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 agree on the theme for this year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week to be ‘Identification of dyslexia’.The theme in Scotland will be ‘Dyslexia: Did you know...’ and will run from 2nd to 7th November.

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.

DAW Packs and Resources

The DAW 2016 packs are now available to download. These packs 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.

Also included are the posters  and details of events scheduled for the week.


DAW Posters 2016

“The poster which was chosen to be part of the theme for dyslexia awareness week was inspired by the question. When your dyslexic the need to understand the English language is greater but in-turn the English language takes new meaning and form, where a word had no power, or grace through understanding it take’s new meaning! A question can bring joy, happiness, sadness, and illation a real whirl wind and spectrum of emotions depending on what you ask “So I put forward the question to you when dyslexia awareness week comes what will you be doing?

Paul Milton B.A.Honours, B.D.A Ambassador 


If you would like to find out more or get involved in Dyslexia Awareness Week then contact us on media@bdadyslexia.org.uk

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 media@bdadyslexia.org.uk, Subject: DAW Awards 2016. 
The deadline for entries is September 30, 2016 and a panel of judges will 
select the winners. 

You can view details of the previous award winners by clicking on the following links for each year;







All Awards 2011 to 2015


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.