Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty (SpLD). The term SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of learning difficulties.
Some reports estimate that around 1 in 10 people, putting more than 700 million children
and adults worldwide at risk of life-long illiteracy and social exclusion. In the UK alone, 6.3 million people (around 10% of the UK population) have dyslexia.
Fortunately, many researchers have reported the significant benefit of early detection and support. However, less than 1% of these people will ever be diagnosed. This leads to a range of physical and emotional consequences.
The Dyslexia Institute UK, a community interest company, has brought together over 20 professors, academics, and professionals from around the world to discuss how we can address this gap for the benefit of dyslexic individuals, their families, and communities.
The four key areas to be explored at the International Dyslexia Conference, to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on 29th–30th July 2020, will be education, physical and mental health, information technology, and HR & employment.
We are looking forward to presentations and workshops by:
- Children’s Society
- International academics and subject experts such as Professor Pam Snow, Steve Chinn, James Richards, and Andy Bell, among others
- Expert practitioners in their field from the UK, US, Australia, Finland, Malta, and Argentina.
It is also interesting to realise that there is a global trend that within the prison population 50% are dyslexics. Therefore, one of the focus of the conference is to guide delegates to better address the subject of dyslexia in their own countries, with the aim of reducing childhood trauma, drug and alcohol abuse, etc.
Healthcare is often provided for everyone who needs it. Yet, the question is: What do we do to help the 20% of the population, which is dyslexic, so that they stay in good physical and mental health – at school, work, and at home?
This International Dyslexia Conference is a rare opportunity to get involved in a global conversation about dyslexia, meet up with fellow professionals dealing with similar consequences of dyslexia from different countries, and learn from each other.