Why question its legitimacy?

8th May 2009 at 01:00

Dyslexia Scotland endorses Kate Saunders's points (April 24) about how upsetting it is for people with dyslexia when its legitimacy is questioned.

Like the British Dyslexia Association, our national helpline receives numerous calls from parents, adults, teachers and others affected by dyslexia, as do our volunteer-led helplines in local branches across Scotland.

As we aim to influence national and local policy and practice on dyslexia, we have supported teaching resources including Count Me In, Dyslexia at Transition and Supporting Dyslexic Pupils in the Secondary Curriculum.

There is still a long way to go towards identifying and then helping dyslexic learners appropriately, but significant recent developments in Scotland in relation to dyslexia are encouraging:

- a working definition of dyslexia has been adopted by the Scottish Government, Dyslexia Scotland and the Parliament's cross-party group on dyslexia;

- the Scottish Teacher Education Committee launched Framework for Inclusion last week, one of the products of a two-year action plan aiming to ensure that all students and teachers are guided and supported towards gaining the required knowledge and understanding of inclusive education; a "repository" of resources will include a section on dyslexia later in 2009;

- HMIE's Education for learners with dyslexia report identified examples of good practice, as well as considerable scope for development, to maximise the potential of every learner with dyslexia;

- Dyslexia Scotland's assessments working group will develop a web-based resource for teachers for the assessment of dyslexia by late autumn 2009.

National helpline T: 0844 800 8484

Cathy Magee, chief executive, Dyslexia Scotland, Stirling.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today