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Fifty-five not out as leading organisation celebrates decades of achievements


Charity goes from strength to strength

What started off as a little known Scottish charity in 1968 is set to celebrate its 55th birthday next month.

Dyslexia Scotland was originally founded as the Scottish Association for the Study of Dyslexia but has become a leading organisation that works with dyslexic people, their families, educators and employers throughout the country. 

Its mission to enable dyslexic people to reach their potential has taken major strides in recent years. 

Chief executive, Cathy Magee, said: "In the last 20 years, we've responded to 37,754 helpline enquiries, each brief intervention making a valuable difference to callers." 

In the last year alone, Dyslexia Scotland has found international acclaim and success for pioneering initiatives.

A head-turning campaign on the importance of accessible design reached worldwide audiences and scooped a suite of prestigious awards. And a recent innovative teacher-education collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council attracted funding from the estate of the late Sir Sean Connery Foundation. 

Magee said: "This milestone anniversary is a time for us to look back with pride and look forward with anticipation. Over time, we have become more mature and wiser, and we have achieved a great deal along the way.

“We also know that there is still much to change for dyslexic people - and we are primed for the challenges ahead." 

Dyslexia Scotland has recently partnered with the University of Glasgow to undertake a national survey of dyslexic adults. The research will provide evidence of need within Scotland's dyslexic community, helping to shape future provision. 

David Shaw, chair of Dyslexia Scotland, said: "We are embarking on a journey to a dyslexia-friendly Scotland. With the support of funders, volunteers and a dedicated staff team, we will continue to make a difference to thousands more dyslexic people in Scotland." 



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