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10.11.03
Cornwall Dyslexia Association announce launch of Dyslexia Awareness Week

The Cornwall Dyslexia Association (CDA) (1) is holding a Dyslexia Awareness Week from November 17th-21st. The week will focus on all aspects of dyslexia, but particularly Employability and Dyslexia Friendly Schools

At least one in 10 people in the UK has dyslexia (2) and during the Dyslexia Awareness week the CDA aims to put forward ideas to enable employers and employees to strengthen their relationships and to help schools become dyslexia friendly.

On November 19th, in Truro (3) there will be a free seminar entitled Missed Opportunities, jointly organised by the CDA and the Objective One supported Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) (4), aimed at employers, all those who work in recruitment and organisations that help clients find work. Employers and others interested in attending should contact the CDA on 01872 571038.

Pam Sekula, who runs CN4C's Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment project (5) said: "We work with people to help them overcome the obstacles which can make finding a job difficult. If you are dyslexic you may find it hard to complete an application form, or prepare for an interview, so you may never get the chance to demonstrate how well you could do the job. We hope this seminar will help employers appreciate the tremendous value that dyslexic people could add in the workplace - if they had the chance."

As part of the campaign the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has produced a set of guidelines, which provides a framework for employers that will enable them to bring out the best in their dyslexic staff. The CDA has sent these guidelines to a large number of both small and large employers in Cornwall.

Sarah Wright (CDA Chairperson) said: "It makes business sense to ensure employees are reaching their full potential within an organisation, thus maximising the company profits and effectiveness. In many workplaces there is potential in dyslexic people that is being untapped. We want to create an open dialogue between employers, employees and their customers to assure that dyslexic people in the workplace have positions best suited to their skills."

On Thursday November 20th (6) the CDA has joined forces with the LEA to organise a dyslexia conference entitled 'Dyslexia - A Whole School Approach'. The conference aims to support teachers and other professionals in meeting the needs of dyslexic pupils. The presenters will explore recent research and look at practical teaching and learning strategies, which will ensure access to the curriculum for dyslexics.

There are still places available at the conference, please contact Sandra Page 01872 322681for further details.

Contacts:
Sarah Wright (CDA Chairperson), 01872 571038
Barbara Smith (PR Adviser CN4C), 01736 786421/07801 947897

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Editor's notes:

(1) Cornwall Dyslexia Association is a registered charity that offers advice information and help to dyslexic people, their families and the professionals who support them. Alongside the practical help, the Association is working to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia and to effect change. Helpline Tel: 01872 274827
(2) The word "dyslexia" was coined from the Greek, and literally means difficulty with words - but that's not the whole picture. Dyslexic people can also experience difficulties with organisation and short term memory, confuse directions, find it hard to remember a list, dates or times and have problems following a sequence like days of the week or months of the year. Today dyslexia is viewed as a combination of abilities and difficulties. Dyslexic people can have good problem-solving skills, enhanced creativity and excel in the arts, design, architecture and computing.
(3) The Seminar will be held at The Alverton Manor Hotel, Truro from 9am – 12.30pm
(4) CN4C is a tenant-led community development organisation addressing the needs and desires of social housing communities through partnership and participation. As part of the wider CN4C network, Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment (NPE) works closely with other CN4C community development and regeneration projects.
(5) Neighbourhood Pathways is a unique employment initiative created by CN4C and JobCentre Plus. NPE goes out into the community to help clients take their first steps towards the ultimate goal of training, volunteering and finding a job.
(6) The Conference will be held at The Falmouth Hotel, Falmouth from 9.30am – 4.40pm

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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