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Casting Call! Participate in a series of online shorts about disability and how non-disabled people can be better allies.

The production company TOAD has contacted Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia about a series of online shorts they are making for a major broadcaster about disability and how non-disabled people can be better allies.


Their short films are aiming to reach young adults in particular.  They are looking for people who have:
Episode 1: Cerebral palsy
Episode 2: Dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and dyspraxia
Episode 3: IBD – Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis

They are looking for applications from people across the country and would like to know if any of our members in the 18 to 35 age range might be interested in featuring in these films.

For the people who appear in these online shorts, there will be a small loss of earnings fee to thank them for their contribution and time.  Filming will take place in a fully accessible studio in London mid-November (16th TBC) and all travel expenses will be covered for them.

Are you or do you know someone who would be interested? Apply at!


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ANND Webinar – Exploring Dysgraphia with Una Buckley

Welcome to our Exploring Dysgraphia FREE ANND webinar!

ANND are a non-profit coalition of dedicated organisations who are passionate about supporting our community.  ANND is the Adult Network: Neurodiversity and Dyslexia and we are comprised of Succeed with Dyslexia, Adult Dyslexia Centre, Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia Association and Hampshire Dyslexia Association.

We would like to invite you to our free, ANND webinar Exploring Dysgraphia with Una Buckley, this is a chance to find out more about Dysgraphia, but also a chance to ask our experts anything and everything about Neurodiversity!

When?   The session will be broadcast live on Teams on 26th October 2023, 7pm – 8pm (GMT)

How can I Join? Here is the link to join us on Teams:  Click here to join the meeting

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Adult Network: Neurodiversity and Dyslexia – Free support and advice for adults

We are very proud to announce that Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia, Succeed With Dyslexia, Hampshire Dyslexia Association and the Adult Dyslexia Centre have come together to create Adult Network: Neurodiversity and Dyslexia. ANND aims to offer FREE support and advice to our adult community.

Join us for our first FREE session with Adult Network: Neurodiversity and Dyslexia

Our first FREE session is 7pm (BST) on 28th September and is a chance to ask our experts Donna Stevenson, Sue Flohr MBE, Pat Payne and Sue McKenna. If you would like to register your place message us at:


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Succeed with Dyslexia – Giveaway!

Is your organisation up-to-date with neurodiversity best practices?

Complete this survey for a chance to WIN a FREE consultation discussion with Donna Stevenson, our Head of Training and Assessment!

Take the survey here!


*The winner will be selected at random and contacted via email on the 30th of September 2023. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. Open to residents of UK & Ireland, Australia, United States, and Canada.*


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Yorkshire Dyslexia Festival – 2nd July 2022 Pudsey Civic Hall

We are delighted to announce that the long-awaited Yorkshire Dyslexia Festival is going to take place on Saturday the 2nd of July 2022 at Pudsey Civic Hall.

We have a great programme of speakers and Exhibitors, some of whom will be travelling to Yorkshire for the first time. See below a list of our talks:

  • – 10 Multi-sensory Learning Hooks by Dr Susie Nyman & Julie Clouter
  • – Magical Mind Map Movies by Dr Susie Nyman & Julie Clouter
  • – Dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties – what we know and what to do by Pete Jarrett
  • – Using Technology for Accessibility by Sammy White from TextHelp


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Webinar – Three Super Useful Ways To Help Manage The Anxiety Of A Child With Dyslexia by John Hicks – 07/09/2021

Presented for members of Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia, dyslexia specific therapeutic counsellor, John Hicks shares three super useful ways to manage the anxiety of a child with dyslexia. Parents attending this webinar will gain insights on how anxiety works with respect to dyslexia and three ways to bring about the reduction of their child’s anxiety.

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The Dyslexia Research Project 2021

Does spelling practice help children with dyslexia learn sight words?

We have once again been contacted by Leeds Uni to take part in their Dyslexia Research Project

From Leeds Uni – “Do you have a child aged 11-16 with a diagnosis of dyslexia? We are running an online study to see whether spelling practice can help young people with dyslexia learn words by sight so that they can read more fluently. The study will involve taking part in a video call where we quickly measure your child’s reading and spelling ability. After this we will give you a link to the online part of the study, where your child will learn some specially created novel words; their learning will be measured immediately after and then again after a delay of a few days.”

We are very pleased that Leeds Uni came to us for this study. It allows our members to have input into the current research.


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Why Teach Your Child To Touch Type?

Helen Bowden, CEO of the BDA asks… “When was the last time you handwrote anything important, that was going to impact on the rest of your life? Not often I imagine, considering digital is now the norm. We always have spelling, punctuation and grammar aids integrated into the technology we’re using. (Without) specialist support for dyslexia, the result is lower academic attainment that often impacts on future life chances”.

And to really get the best out of using a computer, typing by touch is essential for Dyslexia and other needs, like Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, ASD. Typing by touch uses a different part of the brain from writing with a pen; the skill becomes unconscious and automatic, using powerful muscle memory. Touch typing has many benefits: a different, effective way to spell, words are patterns and finger movements programmed into the subconscious. It improves accuracy & speed, decreases cognitive load on the attention & conscious brain, freeing it to focus solely on what to write and it reduces visual stress keeping eyes focussed on the screen, not jumping between screen & keyboard.


Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia is promoting touch typing to help Dyslexic children in their region, working with local schools, running their own computer club to teach typing and helping parents to get their children learning at home. Pat Payne, YRD Chair, says “touch typing is one simple, measurable way to help Dyslexic children that can change how they do written work in just a few weeks – if only other things were as quick to solve. Children can learn at school or at home, or a combination of both. Just a few weeks of regular practice can show fantastic results”.
Of the many typing programs around, YRD uses Englishtype because it was designed by an Educational Psychologist specifically to help Dyslexic children learn to type and unlock all the extra benefits of typing using muscle memory. The multi-sensory design and unique colour coding of the keyboard makes learning easy & fun, and a variety of different activities to program the muscle memory with carefully selected, relevant & useful vocabulary. The children say they love learning with Englishtype, playing games & winning outfits for their onscreen typing companion.

Whether you teach your child to type in a few weeks or months, or longer, YRD recommends it is one of the best things you can do to help your dyslexic child.


English Type on the BBC!


Read the full article on BBC News website


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At Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia, we believe in a dyslexic friendly society, that enables every neuro-diverse person of any age to reach their full potential.

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A Parent’s Guide to Dyslexia – 17th September 2019 in Headingley

If you think your child is dyslexic and you are uncertain what dyslexia is?
Come along and find out more about dyslexia, how it affects a child’s learning and how it can be managed.

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BDA’s Parent Pop-Up Roadshow Event in Leeds – 28th September 2019

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APPG for Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties – “The Human Cost of Dyslexia”


30th of April 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), which the British Dyslexia Association is Secretariat to, has published the report of this year’s APPG. You can also read the BDA’s article about this year’s APPG here.


9th of April 2019

As you may know, there has been much recent discussion and debate about Dyslexia and several Local Authority’s have decided to stop identifying children with dyslexia and instead intend to provide one intervention approach to the teaching of all children with literacy difficulties despite the cause. This approach takes no account of the other difficulties experienced by dyslexic children and adults.

During this year’s APPGs, there will be three meetings looking separately at the human, societal and educational impact of dyslexia. To frame the other sessions, areas also to be looked at will be, the impact on individuals and their families and the human impact of going through education and life with dyslexia.

In preparation for this year’s APPGs, the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been collecting information to gain a better insight into the current parental experience of dyslexia, exploring the emotional cost and impact on a family. This evidence will be presented at the meeting on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Future meetings will be exploring the Educational Costs and the Social Costs of dyslexia.

Please write to your MP with a brief story and asking them to attend this meeting, one of three that will be looking at the Human Cost of Dyslexia.

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