In order to help raise understanding locally of both dyslexia and dyspraxia, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is backing the national awareness week, which has the support of local campaigner Sheila Brooks.
Monday 14th October is the first day of national Dyslexia & Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013, which was set up in order to boost people’s knowledge of the conditions. According to the British Dyslexia Association, the aim of the week is to debunk the myth that dyslexia is just a difficulty with reading and spelling, and to highlight the other difficulties that dyslexic people face, such as poor short-term memory, maths difficulties and poor organisational skills, while also drawing attention to the strengths that it can bring. Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in both children and adults.
Locally, Sheila Brooks is the founder of Red Zebra, a Brighton & Hove group which aims to improve the experience of those with dyslexia and dyspraxia through direct involvement with children and young people and providing support and training for families and teachers. To spread awareness, Sheila is organising an information stand in Barclays Bank at the bottom of George Street in Hove. Drop-in advice sessions are available. For further information on the group, visit www.redzebrahove.co.uk.
Commenting, Mike said: “I am delighted to be able to support this year’s Dyslexia & Dyspraxia Awareness Week and wish Sheila all the best in running an information stand in central Hove. I hope that any residents who have questions about either dyslexia or dyspraxia will pop down to find out more.”