Dylan, Student Intern, reports back on the fun and engaging events for Dyslexia Awareness Week…
Last week the Disability and Dyslexia Service celebrated Dyslexia Awareness Week and World Dyslexia Day with a day full of workshops and talks. Here’s a round-up of how the day went, a reminder for those who took part and an overview and some tips to take away for anyone who couldn’t make it.
Sean from The Codpast was welcomed by Cardiff University for a day of interactive, fun and informative workshops looking at how assistive technology can aid everyone’s day to day lives. Two pieces he demonstrated were TextHelp Read & Write Gold and MindView – two pieces of software Cardiff University has available on all networked computers. To find out more please click here.
Go Wales were also on hand to inform staff and students of the exciting work experience opportunities they have for students with disabilities; demonstrating how they can achieve through work experience. To find out more pop into 51 Park Place.
Sean, founder and the COD of The Codpast (Chief Operating Dyslexic) had much personal and professional knowledge to pass onto our students and staff. When asked what his top tip would be for students thinking of engaging with assistive technology and specialist support, Sean replied “stress relief”. Sean uses assistive technology as his everyday technology, using these technologies to not only relieve his stress, but allow himself to excel.
Sean went on to say that knowing you have dyslexia and knowing your “dyslexia footprint” are two different things. Being aware of how your dyslexia presents itself is an important part of informing you know how to support “your mate” dyslexia, allowing you to work with your strengths, not against them. You can see the highlights of his talk ‘Me and my mate dyslexia’ here.
Study Skills Support is a specialist service available within the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Within these sessions, and our workshops, we work with students to aid their understanding of their own “dyslexia footprint” to help students become more effective and independent learners. To book your support, please email email@example.com
If you have a disability or health condition and have not yet met with an Advisor to discuss your support needs, book an appointment, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The same applies if you are unsure whether you have a Specific Learning Disability or know that you do but are yet to organise your diagnostic assessment, please Email: email@example.com for further information.
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Dylan, Student Intern, Disability & Dyslexia Team.
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