“Don’t Dysability Week” at the University of Exeter.

“Don’t Dysability Week” at the University of Exeter.

A group of 4 of students including DF youth Facbook members Gemma Conlin and Anne Perham as well as Nadia Samir Abu Sakran and Natasha Evans at the University of Exeter Penryn Campus, wanted to raise awareness of dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Two have dyspraxia and/ or dyslexia and the other two wanted to learn more about what they were. So for the past year, they have been organising a week to offer information and support to people.

To help promote the events, Gemma wrote an article on the positives of dyspraxia, which was published in the Falmouth Anchor (can be found here: http://www.falmouth-anchor.co.uk/wp/index.php/2017/02/09/life-with-dyspraxia-isnt-that-bad/

The list of events held over the week of the 13th to the 18th February were as follows:

Across the week, there was an exhibition running in conjunction with Humans of Falmouth showcasing the stories and journeys of those with dyspraxia, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. This was the biggest event and many people visited in person as well as engaging with it online. If you would like to see the stories, they can be found here on the Humans of Falmouth Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/humansoffalmouth/photos/a.811331952329928.1073741828.810973319032458/1092470644216056/?type=3&theater

Other events included, an information fayre held at two of the University Campus alongside the Don’t ‘Disability Society. From this fayre, 3 people inquired about being tested. Dyslexia Cornwall were there to provide more information and Dyslexia Services from their university came to support.

A discourse was held with the Politics Society discussing whether reasonable adjustments are fair to everyone.

A drop in session was held to talk informally about SpLDs and to provide information and support to people. About 6 people come on the day, who plan to get tested (on the exhibition, we printed definitions of dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia and some people came to the drop in session after reading them to gain more information). After the drop in session, Gemma and Anne were interviewed by 2 student journalists about how the week had gone and explain where people could access information and support if they needed it.

Fantastic work and awareness raising!