HIDE AND SEEK REPORT
The Driver Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those who struggle with literacy, particularly children with dyslexia. Their fourth report 'Hide and Seek' is an important piece of research and goes to the heart of why, despite some progress with literacy levels generally, for some, progress is not being made, and, as a society, we are seeing the consequences of this.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THE BDA!
Last week, the SDA heard that they had been successful in their application for funding from the BDA, which they were awarded at the highest level (£400).
The money is earmarked for increased availability of IT use in the Workshop so that tutors and students will be better able to work together remotely or together face to face. While we all hope that remote teaching will not be needed, we should not ignore the possibility that limited versions could return.
The TTRS (Touch Type Read and Spell) program for Workshop use is on our shopping list, as are computers on which to run it and other programs, as many are fabulous.
This award gives the Workshop a real boost and we hope that it will continue to provide even greater inspiration and support for our tremendous tutors and wonderful students. We will post more news when our purchases are in use.
Shropshire Dyslexia Association
Channel 4 and Sandi Toksvig explore adult illiteracy in 'The Write Offs'
The SDA were very happy to receive some funding from the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury four years ago, and set up a bursary fund to help out those who need assessments or lessons but have funding difficulty. We at the SDA try to keep it topped up and are happy that we have been able to help several people to access the help they have needed.
We also have links with CReSTeD; a charitable organisation that keeps a list of schools and teaching centres that deal with specific learning difficulties. Those organisations that want to be listed are visited every three years by CReSTeD consultants to ensure that their standards are upheld; there are three such schools in Shropshire. The CReSTeD website provides useful advice to parents and can be found at www.crested.org.uk
A useful and totally positive website I have recently noticed is ‘Made by Dyslexia’ on Facebook. It promotes the values of dyslexia and is quite inspirational.
Ros McCarthy (Rotarian/CReSTeD consultant/SDA member
Arrange workshops/speakers 3 or 4 times a year. These events are supported by PATOSS and CPD certificates are issued to all who attend. The fee for these courses is usually around £5
Meetings are held at The Cricket Club, SY11 2AY in Oswestry at 7.30pm and last for approximately 90 mins.
The group is interested in adding more Shrewsbury contacts and new members are always welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend these talks.
If you would like your name to be added to the mailing list please email Janet Barlow firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the fantastic contributions to our 'Design the SDA logo competition' A big thank you to all those who entered.
Charlottes tandems lend tandems to (and only to) people with disabilities or special needs for free, who
are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling. Borrowers are both children and adults. Tandems are a fun and safe way to get out and about
as friends, a couple, family or group. They are available for hire for a couple of a months at a time. If you are not disabled and you are after a hire tandem or one for a Charity Ride
then please try the Tandem Club website instead.
If you would like to borrow one then please contact: Ray Hughes (Charlottes Tandem representative in Shropshire): 01746 785659.
The disabilities and special needs of borrowers have so far included: Severe Learning Difficulties, Autism, Aspergers, Blindness, Visual Impairment, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Amputation, Hearing Loss, Dyspraxia, Fybromalgia, Parkinson's, MS, ME, CRPS, COPD, Hemiplasia, Tuberous Sclerosis, CHARGE & MPS III.
Shropshire Dyslexia Association Helpline:
NB This number is staffed by volunteers. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Or use our contact form
At Belle Vue Methodist Church, Belle Vue Rd, Shrewsbury.
On Saturday mornings during term time between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm.
On Thursday evenings between 4.15 and 6.15 pm.