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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 Events

This year’s Dyslexia Awareness Week in Ireland will run for the first week of October 2016, centred around World Dyslexia Awareness Day on October 6th. We would love to see as much interaction from our members as possible to make this Dyslexia Awareness Week the most informative and awareness raising one yet. In particular we will be focusing on a strong social media campaign to help raise awareness of dyslexia. Our theme for 2016 is ‘Dyslexia: Accessing Your Right”.




  • #iwishyouknew Social Media campaign. For Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 we will be using the hashtag #iwishyouknew for people to tweet and facebook us things that you wish teachers, parents. employers etc knew about Dyslexia. It could be that you wish a certain teacher that really helped you knew how much that support meant to them or you may want to tell other parents the top tip you wish you would have known when you found out about your child’s dyslexia. We will be filming short 30 second – 1 minute clips in our offices on the 27th from 2- 5  to use for Dyslexia Awareness week. If you would like to contribute please call in or bring your children in and we can film your input for use on our social media. If you can’t make this time please feel free to film a short clip or send us in a line or two that we can share to Here’s DAI Ambassador Jane McGrath sharing what she wished her teachers knew about her dyslexia.
  • 3rd October (8pm – 9.30 pm) Public Information Talk in Cashel. Our Head of Psychology Donald Ewing will be delivering a public information talk in St John the Baptist BNS, Old Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. The aim of the talk is to raise awareness of Dyslexia and to talk about setting up a workshop in the Cashel area. This is a free event and there is no need to pre-book.
  • 4th October  (6.30 – 7.30) Dyslexia and Assistive Technology Talk in Naas Library. Our Information Officer Amy will be in Naas on the 4th to give a presentation on useful types of Assistive Technology for people with Dyslexia. This is  a free event however places are limited – please contact Naas Library on 045879111 to book your place.
  • 5th October (6pm – 7.30pm) A seminar on completing assignments at third level in DAI National Office Dublin. Our Adult Development and Support Officer Michelle will be giving an information session on  assignments and essays. Michelle will go through guidelines and tips on how to prepare and complete your assignments for your courses at college.
  • 6th October (6pm – 8pm) An evening of discussion – ‘Dyslexia: Accessing your Rights’ in DAI National Office DublinOne of the highlights of our week will be an evening of discussion entitled ‘Dyslexia – Accessing Your Rights’. This event is intended to be an informal ‘fireside talk’ style event that parents can attend to discuss how to advocate for their children with Dyslexia. Our CEO Rosie Bissett will speak about the process of RACE and DARE and how to access them. We will then have a contribution from Nuala Ward the head of investigations for the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman who will discuss what the role of the OCO is in relation to your children’s rights and the process for accessing support from the Children’s Ombudsman. Finally, we will hear from Gareth Nobel – a solicitor for KOD Lyons. Gareth is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading litigators in the area of children with disabilities. He will discuss what the legal recourses are for parents in accessing their children’s rights. This is a free event however numbers are limited so please book your ticket online to avoid disappointment: – FULLY BOOKED.
  • 8th October (10am – 4pm) Primary School Teachers’ Course in DAI National Office Dublin. This 3 day course is offered to qualified primary level teachers who are registered or eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.  The course takes place over 3 consecutive Saturdays and may be of special interest to Learning Support and Resource teachers. At the end of the course delegates will have an understanding of what dyslexia is, how it can be identified and how it can be supported in classrooms and schools. For more information and to book this course please click here:


Hidden Potential – a new Irish short film on dyslexia

DAI is delighted to share ‘Hidden Potential’ a new Irish short film on dyslexia to mark Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2016). This short film was made by Eamonn McMahon a talented young film-maker from Wicklow in Ireland, with some support from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Well done to all those involved in producing this lovely, moving short film.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.