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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month


October is recognized throughout the world as Dyslexia Awareness Month! Locally, we are pleased to share that the City of Vancouver has again accepted our request to proclaim this month as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

It is estimated that 1 in every 5 children have dyslexia (Yale University), with 80% being left undiagnosed. Raising awareness and understanding about dyslexia remains critical.

“Dyslexia” should be celebrated as an empowering term. People with dyslexia, despite struggles with reading and writing, are known to be intelligent and have significant strengths in creativity, problem solving, communication, visualization and more. This has now also been endorsed by the World Economic Forum, University of Cambridge, and Forbes, amongst others. “Dyslexic Thinking” is even on dictionary.com!

At Fraser Academy, we are honoured to work every day with individuals with dyslexia.

However, the vast majority of young people with dyslexia are not being supported in school. They face inequities and barriers to success.

Last year, the Ontario Human Rights Commission confirmed that children with dyslexia are being denied the right to read and asserted that the education system needs fundamental change. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission has started a similar investigation. We hope this becomes a movement across the country; we continue to raise this issue in BC.

We know education is the best way to provide opportunity, reduce inequality, and transform lives.

We are on a mission to implement change in Vancouver, BC, and Canada. Our aspiration is to leave no child behind.

This month, and always, we will continue to raise awareness and celebrate the strengths of those with dyslexia. Please join us!


Get Involved this Dyslexia Awareness Month!

This event will take place at Fraser Academy on October 12th at 7:00pm. Invite a friend and RSVP here. A select number of “Mark it Read” t-shirts (see below) will be for sale.

City Hall and Burrard Street Bridge, amongst other landmarks, will be illuminated in red on October 16th. Stop by to snap a photo for social media!

We invite everyone in the FA Community to wear a red shirt on October 17th as part of Dyslexia Canada’s #markitread campaign.

• Follow, like and share our Dyslexia Awareness Month posts on social media: www.facebook.com/fraseracademy, www.instagram.com/fraser.academy

• Tag #FraserAcademy, #DyslexiaAwarenessMonth, and #DyslexicThinking with your posts to raise awareness about dyslexia.