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Dyslexia – a successful journey through university and into the workplace

Sarah Chapman

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 from 09:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

Derby, United Kingdom

Dyslexia – a successful journey through university and into...

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Optional donation for The Dyslexia Association (registered charity no. 1082345)
Donations are optional but will be greatly received as part of our fundraising event. Many thanks!
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10:30am - 12:00pm Dyslexia in The Workplace (1.5hrs)
See below for more information.
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10:30am - 12:00pm Dyslexia - Early Intervention, Better Future - Practical Resources for the Primary Classroom (1.5hrs) Ended Free  
12:30pm - 2:00pm Study Skills- How to Study Sucessfully Ended Free  
12:30pm - 2:00pm Assistive Technology (1.5hrs) Ended Free  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Assistive Technology (1.5hrs)
Extra workshop now available due to popular demand
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University of Derby

The aim for this event is:

  • To celebrate dyslexia and its positive aspects/strengths.
  • To promote the benefits of creating Dyslexia Friendly Organisations.
  • To improve career opportunities and inclusive recruitment/ employment practices
  • To raise funds to support The Dyslexia Association

 Audience:

  • Students (FE & HE)
  • Teachers, trainee teachers, TAs, tutors, lecturers, SENCOs, education managers.
  • Businesses, business students, HR, Occupational Health, Equality and Diversity leads, Line Managers.
  • Voluntary & Community Sector organisations & training providers

 

10:00am - Guest Speaker (not to be missed!)


Training Workshops: (Must be booked)

Please note: These workshops run parallel during the morning and afternoon.  Please ensure that you have checked the session times before booking on to workshops to avoid disappointment.

Donations are optional but will be greatly received as part of our fundraising event. Many thanks!  

Please aim to arrive at the university for 9am for these morning workshops to allow for booking in at what will be a busy period. The coffee shop will be open to purchase refreshments.

10:30am – 12:00pm - Dyslexia in the Workplace (1.5hrs)

  • Raising awareness of and gaining a better understanding of dyslexia in the      workplace (What is dyslexia?),
  • Typical problems and solutions,
  • Identifying and implementing reasonable adjustments (legal compliance, Equality Act 2010, best practice)
  • How to support dyslexic employees, helping them become more      effective/efficient/productive and happier members of the workforce
  • An overview of assistive technology (voice recognition, text-to-speech, mind mapping, handheld gadgets etc)
  • An overview of coping strategies (time management and organisational skills,      note taking and report writing etc.)

10:30am – 12:00pm - Dyslexia - Early intervention, Better Future - Practical resources for the primary classroom (1.5hrs)

This hands on session will include materials for the following:

  • sequencing
  • writing
  • organisation
  • reading
  • dictionary work
  • spelling

 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch

Refreshments & food can be purchased from the in-house cafeteria, café/coffee shops or from the bar. We will also be selling cakes to raise funds for The Dyslexia Association.

12:30pm – 2:00pm - Study Skills – How to become a successful student (1.5hrs)

An invitation to take part in activities that could help you to evaluate your current skills, develop good study habits and up your grades.

12:30pm – 2:00pm Assistive Technology (1.5hrs) (1)

An invitation to take part in a ‘speed dating’ style workshop; to see demonstrations and try a range of Assistive Technology solutions, including:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • TextHelp Read & Write
  • Global Autocorrect
  • Mind Mapping (iMindMap, Mind Genius, Mind Manager, Inspiration)
  • Livescribe SmartPens
  • iPads & Tablets
  • Sonocent (visual and interactive audio notetaker for comprehensive notes)
  • Other technologic gadgets

Due to popular demand we will now be doing one extra workshop.

2:30pm - 4:00pm Assistive Technology (1.5hrs) (2)

 An invitation to take part in a ‘speed dating’ style workshop; to see demonstrations and try a range of Assistive Technology solutions, including: 

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • TextHelp Read & Write
  • Global Autocorrect
  • Mind Mapping (iMindMap, Mind Genius, Mind Manager, Inspiration)
  • Livescribe SmartPens
  • iPads & Tablets
  • Sonocent (visual and interactive audio notetaker for comprehensive notes)
  • Other technologic gadgets

 

 Exhibition Area:An empowering exhibition used to motivate and inspire students to break down the barriers, aim high and realise their limitless potential.

  •  The inspirational learning journeys of current dyslexic students and successful professionals will be showcased to demonstrate what can be achieved through utilizing the gifts/strengths of dyslexia and dogged persistence.  

Stands:

The Dyslexia Association, The University of Derby support services, Student Union, careers & recruitment companies, technology companies. As well fundraising stands which will include a raffle and cake stall: 

• And more to be announced

 Partners:  

•The Dyslexia Association (http://www.dyslexia.uk.net/)  

•The University of Derby (Student Wellbeing, Careers + Employment Services, Study Skills Department)

•Huge thanks to Sarah Chapman, whose passion for supporting her fellow University of Derby students with dyslexia, led her to creating and organising this event for her Futures Award, Leadership and Management project (http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/futures_award.pdf)

 

Many thanks. We will see you there!

 

Sarah Chapman

Student Representative (SEND Pathway)

Volunteer Events Coordinator  (The Dyslexia Association)

Do you have questions about Dyslexia – a successful journey through university and into the workplace? Contact Sarah Chapman

When & Where



University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby
DE22 1GB

United Kingdom

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 from 09:00 to 16:00 (GMT)


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Organiser

Sarah Chapman

My name is Sarah Chapman and I am currently a stage three undergraduate student at the University of Derby, where I am studying Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Having experienced first-hand the challenges of having dyslexia in today’s society, I am extremely passionate about exploring the issues and barriers that society can create.

Approximately 10% of the population (6 million people in the UK) experience varying degrees of dyslexia and as a result can find life very challenging. As a Futures Award project, I am organising this dyslexia awareness/training event as my first contribution to the work that The Dyslexia Association do. I aim to raise awareness, empower, inspire and motivate dyslexic students and to promote to educators and employers the benefits of an inclusive society.

The Dyslexia Association is a registered charity, which was established in 1971. They aim to help people with dyslexia to improve their skills and achieve their potential.They also support their families, employers, teachers and others who work with them. This event will be the first of many I organise as a  new member of the team at the Dyslexia Association

They provide high quality services to people with dyslexia, their families, employers, educators and the wider community. Their services include:

  • free information and advice
  • dyslexia screening and assessment
  • one to one tuition
  • training in the use of assistive technology aids

In recent years, they have worked in partnership with:

  • local authorities
  • job centres
  • employers
  • training providers
  • schools
  • colleges and universities
  • prisons

Their tutors and assessors are appropriately qualified dyslexia specialists.

Their staff are trained to offer high quality information, advice and guidance. They meet the Matrix Standard for the effective delivery of information, advice and guidance on learning and work.

The Dyslexia Association is currently in the process of becoming a Clear Assured employer. Organisations become Clear Assured to state their commitment to identifying and removing barriers from recruitment policy, process and practice which have the potential to exclude disabled people. http://www.clearkit.co.uk/clear-assured/

They do not receive any government funding towards our general running costs. They have to raise money to pay for the services they offer without charge.

The Dyslexia Association is a membership organisation and welcomes new members. If you are interested in supporting the association and becoming a legal member please call for details on 0115 924 6880.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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