World Dyslexia Awareness Day is celebrated every year on 8 October across the world. The day raises awareness about issues related to dyslexia and inspires management of the disorder. The objective of celebrating it is to promote inclusivity, access to education and implement effective strategies in providing support to individuals with dyslexia in their learning endeavours.
What is dyslexia?
It is also called speech disorder and dyspradhya. It is a learning disability that manifests primarily as difficulties in visual representation of speech or written language. Mainly it is a common type of learning disorder. It affects the sufferer’s ability to read and write properly. The person suffering from this is not able to read and write fluently. A person suffering from dyslexia is unable to read without making mistakes and is also unable to write. A person suffering from dyslexia faces difficulty in performing tasks that depend on hand-eye coordination.
History of World Dyslexia Day
World Dyslexia Awareness Day was observed for the first time on 8 October 2013. The day was started by the European Dyslexia Association (EDA) to raise awareness about dyslexia, support dyslexic individuals and advocate for inclusive education globally. The day encourages educational support and inclusivity for individuals with dyslexia. Various events, workshops and campaigns are organized on the occasion of this day across the world.
Apart from World Dyslexia Awareness Day, Dyslexia Awareness Week is being observed from 2 to 8 October 2023. The month of October is being celebrated as Dyslexia Month with the theme ‘Stronger Together’. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in India is celebrating World Dyslexia Day on 8 October 2023 through its associated institutions by organizing various programs across the country. It is the nodal department under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, looking after all the developmental agenda of persons with disabilities.
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