What links Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart, British Fencing Champion Keith Cook and Scotland Footballer Steven Naismith?
Well, for one thing, they have all received an exclusive Dyslexia Scotland Christmas card designed by young people from Clackmannanshire Secondary School Services in Alloa.
Every year Dyslexia Scotland sends a Christmas card to its high profile President, ambassadors, funders and other partners designed by dyslexic young Scottish people and artists, to highlight the creative talents that dyslexia can bring, as well as having a unique set of cards to 'wow' their partners with.
Thanks to DYW Forth Valley, a link was made with Clackmannanshire's Secondary School Support Service whose talented young artists got the chance to collaborate with local designer, Lindsey Scott, to make a set of original designs. As an artist with Dyslexia, Lindsey was very keen to support these young people through the creative process. The young people themselves each received a pack of their designs to share with friends and family, or keep as an impressive portfolio piece.
“We’re thrilled with the creative, witty and colourful Christmas card designs made by young people from Clackmannanshire. Art and design are often dyslexic strengths and a great way for young dyslexic people to express themselves, as well as develop essential creative thinking skills needed for the future world of work. We’re very grateful to Developing Young Workforce Forth Valley for connecting us with a local school willing to get involved with the project, and to the artist Lindsey Scott for sharing her skills with the group.”
“Having opportunities for young people with dyslexia to work with businesses in projects such as this one are so important, it allows them to work together to promote the value of dyslexic strengths in the workplace and demonstrate to an employer what an asset they can be to their business.”
What do Dyslexia Scotland Do?
Dyslexia Scotland encourage and enable people with dyslexia, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential by providing support, resources and training. Whether you are a young person or adult living with Dyslexia, someone who works with and supports people with Dyslexia or an Employer who wants to employ a person with Dyslexia, check out what assistance is available in your local area, via the button below.
Where can I find more information?
Are you a young person with Dyslexia considering what career options are right for you?
Following the success of their 2019 Dyslexia Awareness Week poster campaign, which featured five dyslexic Scots in their workplace, Dyslexia Scotland have filmed a set of career stories of 12 real dyslexic Scots to challenge assumptions about career success and learning difference, and to encourage young dyslexic Scots to be optimistic for their futures. Viewers can catch each new episode on Wednesdays over the next few months by following Dyslexia Scotland on their YouTube channel: Dyslexia Scotland TV. Episodes 1 -3 are currently available and we have given you a taster below by sharing Gavin, the Police Officer's Journey.
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It’s probably time to dispel some myths about computer coding...
As Codebase, Stirling prepares to turn 2, Barry McDonald, Community & Events Manager at CodeBase Stirling joins us as a guest blogger for #NationalCodingWeek to explain a bit about coding. Whether you are a teacher, parent or young person navigating through this evolutionary phenomenon, Barry may have a bit of useful information to share.
The harsh truth is that coding is no longer the domain of the stereotypical hoodie-wearing, laptop basher, frantically tapping away at the keyboard into the wee small hours.
Walk into any one of our Level:Up coding clubs and it’s full of laughing, excited girls and boys of all ages, unleashing their creativity to design their own games, make their own websites or code the tiny BBC micro:bit computers to play rock/paper/scissors with their friends. They’re having fun while developing vital skills.
And while they may be learning useful technical skills to equip them for a tech and digital future, they’re really developing transferable skills that will hold them in good stead for the future world of work. Usually without realising it.