The Borders can help make Scotland dyslexia friendly

Dyslexia Scotland – Scotland’s national charity for dyslexia – is undertaking Scotland’s biggest ever survey of dyslexic adults. The survey will collect information on the experiences of education, work or everyday life from anyone who is 16 or over, who is (or thinks they are) dyslexic.
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Fiona Morris from Dyslexia Scotland’s Borders' branch explained, “We have a vision that Scotland can become a dyslexia-friendly country, where people feel included, accepted, respected and celebrated. But to do that, we need to find out how near or far away from this goal we are.

“The aim of the survey is to identify the areas of Scottish society that could be more inclusive. We want to hear from every area of Scotland, so it’s important to make sure we get a wide range of responses from the Borders. So please encourage and assist colleagues, friends and family to take part.”

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One tenth of the population is dyslexic – that’s over 500,000 people – a neurological difference that can affect reading, writing, memory and spelling. Critically, many of those will feel held back in life if they haven’t been identified or supported, meaning that thousands of Scots are left unable to fulfil their potential.

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Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador and BBC television presenter Hamza Yassin is supporting the survey: “I’d really encourage everyone over the age of 16 in Scotland who is dyslexic – or who thinks they may be dyslexic – to please, please take part in this really important national survey. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received but I know that many people still face barriers and difficulties. Taking part in the survey will help Dyslexia Scotland get a better picture of what they need to prioritise for action.”

You can find out more information and background on the survey and help with any questions at