– Background

The vision for the Festival of Dyslexic Culture arose out of the realisation that dyslexia is not simply a set of apparent difficulties, but a cultural difference in how we make meaning, problem solve and create solutions and ideas.  We want to articulate and celebrate this cultural identity while raising awareness about how we achieve.

We would not have arrived at this idea without other excellent initiatives such as DysPla, Dyslexic Advantage, and the LSE Disability Identity conference.  But we also felt that we could go further in making and celebrating the nature of innovative practice not just in the arts, and among extraordinary individuals, but among us all as creative innovators in every field including learning and academia.  In short, we are great learners that are often failed by tests.

The idea of a holistic cultural identity that spans dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, AD(H)D, and Aspergers seems to have caught fire.  The organising team for the Festival are working through consensus to stage the Festival and articulate the vision.  Already the idea has sparked other supportive dyslexia initiatives across the world.  In the spirit of innovation, collaboration and cultural identification we are happy to support them all.  Dyslexic people are already at the forefront of changing the world for the better, we hope to enable the world to see us for ourselves, through what we create.