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Arran Smith talks about the Dyslexia Show 2020

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Guest post from Arran Smith, Director and Founder of the Dyslexia Show 2020, which will take place from 20-21 March 2020.

The British Dyslexia Show are pleased to be supporting Arran Smith, former BDA employee, with his initiative that is the Dyslexia Show. The British Dyslexia Show will have an exhibition stand at the show and will look forward to meeting attendees there.

Being dyslexic can be hard, but actually the abilities and strengths that I possess because of my dyslexia outweigh the negatives. Yes, I get frustrated and it can be tiresome; however, with technology – as it is today – and understanding the differences I bring and can achieve, I am doing well.

Back in April 2019, I was having dinner with a number of speakers at a very quiet North Wales pub talking about the world of dyslexia, little did I know that one person in that room really believed in me and within 4 weeks the idea that I had hoped and dreamed of over the past three years came to fruition.

So, the Dyslexia Show was born – an exhibition focused solely on dyslexia and aimed at parents, educators and employers, with the aim to inform, train and empower both those with dyslexia, and their parents/carers.

The Dyslexia Show was created, it’s the UK’s national exhibition for dyslexia which focuses on awareness in education, parenting, and the workplace. The idea has grown beyond my expectations and much more than anyone would’ve expected. The communication that we’ve had from our delegates is amazing, we have amazing supporters that have come on board and put their trust in me and my team to deliver an opportunity for them, it’s been very humbling.

Being a dyslexic I love to learn, and that’s obviously asking lots of questions, having the experience and the knowledge of talking to lots of people, so finding the right contractors, finding the right team members has been really important, but that’s why we’re so far ahead of where we thought we’d be.

I believe in spreading awareness and delivering a high quality event is part of my ongoing mission.

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We have plans for the next three years, but beyond that plans are already in place for the show but in a different location, or a similar show within the education field later on. We’re not there yet, but you have to look at the bigger picture, and that’s the benefit of having a dyslexic run the company – that’s what I’m good at.