The 5th – 11th October marked the British Dyslexia Association’s Dyslexia Awareness Week. This year’s theme was ‘Making Sense of Dyslexia’.

Artists, poets, actors and authors rallied together to share their thoughts on what dyslexia means to them.

We shared poet, Sally Gardner’s, tribute to Dyslexia Awareness Week on the blog last week. Sally is all too familiar with the difficulties the English language can bring up for readers of all ages, and describes her personal frustrations of being stuck without the tools that our society expects. Follow the link in the blog post to read Gardner’s poem, The Box, in full.

The well-known parenting forum, Mumsnet, featured a guest post from author, Margaret Rooke, to mark the occasion. In the post, she opens up about waiting 13 years for a diagnosis for her dyslexic daughter, and the motivation behind her latest book, Creative, Successful, Dyslexic.

Designer and illustrator, Harriet Birt, created a range of prints to illustrate how dyslexia feels.


Brain Box by Harriet Birt

You can find the full collection here.

And Study Medicine Europe created this Infographic on Dyslexia to help explain what dyslexia is to those who believe they may be having some reading difficulties, and to educate the wider population on the term.

Which of these examples do you feel best helps to make sense of dyslexia? Or is there perhaps another way we can better decode this reading difficulty?

– Maddie