Cause Name: NUword
Cause Type: Education & Skills
Cause Location: London
Cause Contact: Rosa Weber
Cause Contact Position: Director
The more we discover about the brain the more we understand the myriad forms that intelligence takes. Dyslexic thinking cannot be ‘cured’, nor should it be - It is NOT a ‘neurological disease’. We want to raise awareness of the strengths of dyslexia globally. We believe that dyslexic thought processes can help non-dyslexics to improve their visual-spatial awareness and creative drive, to help develop their picture thinking skills as well as teach holistic problem solving. It's time to shift our perspective of what it means to be dyslexic.
Campaigns (to launch over the next two years) will include:
- To set up the UK’s first free dyslexia assessment centre. At the moment the cost of assessment is prohibitive to lower income families.
- To allow dyslexic students to take some exams orally (as in Greece).
- To introduce a scale of 1-10 to the assessment process, to counter the ‘one size fits all’ approach, as there are many levels within the spectrum of dyslexia.
- Young Offenders – a pilot project bringing (heavily safeguarded) discussion forums to those dyslexics in the Young Offenders Institute (over 25% of children in the youth justice system have a learning disability (DfE)).
NUword aims to strip away the dyslexia label as a ‘disability’ characterised by reading and spelling deficiencies; instead defining it as a way of thinking that is characterised by heightened divergent thinking skills, high IQ, great empathy, heightened visual-spatial awareness, strong creative drive and more!
We champion the empowerment of dyslexic thinkers and the nurturing of their natural strengths and talents. Challenging negative self-beliefs and low self-esteem. Stopping the spiral of failure.
The charity has been founded by award-winning dyslexic novelist Sally Gardner. Our pioneering website will provide the first accessible forums to connect dyslexic thinkers internationally, as well as connecting parents of dyslexic children and teachers, with a focus on the many cognitive strengths that are part of dyslexic processing. It will be the first dyslexia website to address dyslexic digital user needs first. Hosting original content for dyslexics, led by dyslexics.
Our main aim is to help ease the isolation, anxiety and stress that dyslexic thinkers often experience due to being marginalised by the education system or workplace. By providing a supportive space for sharing, as well as encouraging a new, positive narrative, we believe we can help to increase the confidence of those with dyslexia. Dyslexia needs radically redefining in order to move away from the negative medical model and to challenge patronising and misleading definitions from non-dyslexic academics, institutions and charities.
We believe that recognising cognitive strengths and talents from the point of diagnosis would improve self-esteem and increase the successes of the individual, also resulting in more accurate representation in the dyslexia field.