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!
Last year members of our youth group took part in the British 10k in London, and they had the best of times supporting the Dyspraxia Foundation and raising awareness of Dyspraxia. Why not join them this year in London, on Sunday 9th July!
Entires are now open to join Team Dyspraxia, don’t wait and join us today!
By joining us you will receive:
- An exclusive Dyspraxia Foundation running vest
- Fundraising support
- Encouragement from our cheering squad on race day
- The amazing feeling of making a real contribution to the work of the Dyspraxia Foundation to raise awareness and support anyone affected by dyspraxia.
Run with us for an amazing experience. We’re with you every step of the way.
Entry Fee £35
Min pledge £100
Don’t delay! Download our entry form now and return it to [email protected]
If you have already registered a place with the event organisers and want to raise money for the Dyspraxia Foundation please contact us on: [email protected] to join Team Dyspraxia British 10K.
Youth Facebook member Benjamin has won an award for his film ‘I, Eyriey: We need to talk about Benjamin.’ Below he tells us a little bit about himself and how the film came about. You can also watch the film below. Huge Congratulations to him on this award and we wish every success in the future.
‘Hello, my name is Benjamin Eyriey, and I am a film student/ independent filmmaker from Cornwall.
Throughout my life, I have suffered from Dyspraxia. Growing up, I was always one step behind people – struggling with co-ordination, concentration and organisation. I always believed that I would get nowhere in life, however, I am trying to prove that no matter who you are, or what you have (whether it be dyspraxia or dyslexia), you can always achieve great things.
I produced a short six minute mockumentary for a film school project called ‘I, Eyriey: We need to talk about Benjamin’; taking a humorous and honest approach into the life of somebody that has Dyspraxia. Primarily, the aim of this short film was to inform the audience about Dyspraxia, and how it affects people. I am hoping that it garners more attention to the disorder, as I believe that Dyspraxia it is often something overlooked, and deserves more awareness.
The documentary won an award for being the ‘Best Film in Show’ – and is going to be shown at the Cornwall Film Festival in 2017.’
As well as our amazing new youth video – you can view it on our homepage – we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new information sheet for Social Skills.
It’s packed full of helpful tips and advice to overcome issues with social skills and improve your confidence!
Download our new Social Skills Information Sheet now!
We are launching a brand new video for the Dyspraxia Foundation this Tuesday – 18th October – which has been completed filmed and edited by you – our members of the youth group!
Tickets are still available, they are just £20! We will be overlooking the River Thames next to Tower Bridge in Central London. Not only is your video premiering but we also have many guest speakers, including Jamie Lambert from Collabro!
Book today via EventBrite!
The 9th-15th October 2016 saw Dyspraxia Awareness Week take place. Please visit the main Dyspraxia Foundation Website for full information on the week. We have launched new worksheets dealing with employment and learning to drive, plus lots of information about dyspraxia in the workplace and the results of our study!