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British Dyslexia Association announces Dyslexia Creates 2019 in collaboration with the V&A

Thursday 20 June 2019

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British Dyslexia Association working in collaboration with the V&A and the Academy of Contemporary Music to launch Dyslexia Creates 2019, starting a sustained campaign to celebrate the creative contribution dyslexia makes and to redefine the way society sees dyslexia.

The free half-day event, which runs from 12-6pm on Thursday 26 September at V&A South Kensington, will showcase how and why dyslexics are consistently at the fore of creative sectors, and look at how, as our understanding of dyslexia grows, we can change the way society and organisations view dyslexia and embrace its potential.

Highlights will include…

  • New theory on why dyslexia evolved, completely reimagining the role of dyslexia in organisations by Helen Taylor, Cambridge University
  • The creative power of dyslexia and how do dyslexics think differently by actress Lauren McCrostie and choreographers and documentary makers Elizabeth Pick and Charlotte Edmonds
  • Why organisations that are embracing dyslexic creative thinking are seeing a competitive advantage by Kainne Clements, Executive Chairman, Academy of Contemporary Music and Metropolis Studios and Aidan Ridyard, Partner, Burrell Foley Fischer Architects.

The event will open with a welcome from V&A Director Tristram Hunt, followed by presentations and panel discussions, and will finish with networking drinks.

Helen Boden, CEO, British Dyslexia Association, said: “It’s long been known anecdotally, and now research is confirming, that dyslexics have strong creative minds. They can easily assimilate complex and nuanced information, they are hardwired to challenge what is known and explore new ideas.

“Dyslexia Creates 2019 is the moment for us to celebrate the massive creative contribution dyslexics are making now and explore how organisations capitalise on this talent in the future. We’re excited to be teaming up with leading creative organisations V&A and Academy of Contemporary Music to make this event happen.”

By attending, you will not just have the chance to hear new and important ideas, but you will be part of advancing the role dyslexia plays in society. We hope you will join us.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact

The British Dyslexia Association would like to thank the following organisations for their amazing work and contributions to make this event possible…