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Leicestershire Dyslexic Support in Leicester and Leicestershire
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Chairman's Letter

Dear members, I am writing to you as the new Chairman of Leicestershire Dyslexia Association, having been elected at the last committee meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Hossack for all the support he has given to me, to the Association and to Fiona during his 16 years as Chairman. Chris will continue to give support as Vice–Chairman.

I have been involved with the LDA since I joined the Dyslexia Workshop in 1994, aged 9. From having lessons with various tutors, I progressed to helping in the computer room and later on to teaching study skills with Fiona. I now work for the British Dyslexia Association and am very much behind their mission to create a Dyslexia Friendly society.

Dyslexia Awareness Week: October 8th – 13th

Here in Leicester we are working with the Special Needs Teaching Service to provide a Parents Dyslexia Drop-in on Monday, October 8th from 2pm -5pm at New Parks House, Pindar Road, New Parks LE3 9R. There will be plenty of people to talk to about dyslexia, short workshops, displays, games and books, so please do encourage anyone you know who could benefit from having some help to go along.

Dyslexia Teaching Workshop

In the Workshop we have established a ‘beacon of excellence’, with teachers from Peterborough and Cambridge coming to see how we run things and how to set up their own workshops to support dyslexic people. Through the BDA ‘Children Will Shine’ project I have used the Leicester pattern to set up workshops in London and Manchester.

Joint LDA and PATOSS meeting: October 17th 7.30.

We are very pleased to welcome Professor Angela Fawcett from Swansea University, and a vice president of the BDA, to speak about ‘Learning and Dyslexia: Theory into practice.’ Having a dyslexic family member, Angela went to university as a mature student to try and find the cause. She is now an international expert and has contributed to screening tests for ages 3-80 which are used worldwide.

BDA AGM and Members’ Day: October 20th

As LDA /BDA joint members you are invited to this free event which is for all members and their families, including a free lunch. Members’ day is fun for all the family and I hope to see you there. For details and booking form go to www.bdadyslexia.org.uk .

BDA Petition

If you have not yet signed the BDA petition to parliament for all student teachers to receive training on dyslexia during their initial teacher training please go to: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20674 and sign up before time runs out.

Thank you for supporting our organization and I look forward to seeing you at the forthcoming events.

Kind Regards, Arran Smith, Chairman

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Meeting: Learning and Dyslexia: Theory into Practice