SPELD NSW is joining CodeRead in the Light it Red initiative to shine a light on dyslexia during Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Many people with dyslexia also experience difficulties with working memory, attention and organisational skills. Many children find learning foundation skills in literacy and numeracy quite difficult. If not addressed early they may continue to struggle, across the curriculum, throughout their schooling and life.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found, in a recent survey, that one in every two 15 to 19 year olds in Australia had such low literacy skills that they would not be able to meet the demands of a modern workplace.
Most of these students underachieve academically due to a learning difficulty or a learning disability combined. They account for approximately 20% of students, with the most common learning difficulty being dyslexia.
The Light it Up Red events around Australia shine the path to Australia-wide local events that help parents and students get a better understanding of the facets of dyslexia, how students can shine, what is the most appropriate help and how parents and teachers can support students with a dyslexic learning style.
Because every child has the right to learn to read.
‘Light it Red for Dyslexia’ is a volunteer initiative to light significant monuments and landmarks across Australia in red for Dyslexia Awareness, during October.
As part of this campaign we are running two competitions.
The first is aimed at the individual and spreading awareness in the general community whilst engaging with Code Read.
Individuals win a drone or an autographed Tim Minchin Pack!
The competition will run until 31st October 2018.
The second competition is aimed at schools and groups and about creating a Red Paper Plane Challenge event to help raise awareness about dyslexia whilst incorporating STEM education.
Dyslexia Awareness Month runs throughout October, however due to school holidays Red Paper Plane Challenge Days can be run right up to November 9th. You can plan a day or afternoon to be all about STEM while raising awareness for Dyslexia. Wear Red and encourage Gold coin donations to Code Read Dyslexia Network or to your school library.
Schools & Teams Win one of 5 Drones or a Full Set of Decodable Readers!