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Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam marks Dyslexia Awareness Week

By Kirsty Brown

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The work of Dyslexia Scotland has been highlighted in parliament by Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam ahead of Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs from November 5-10, aims to make Scotland a society where everyone understands the impact of dyslexia and tackle the social stigma that the condition affects at least one in ten people in Scotland far too often still face.

The MSP who rose to prominence earlier this year when she made history as the first MSP to take the parliamentary affirmation in BSL, has also been a champion for raising awareness about neurodiverse conditions such as autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dyslexia.

As a councillor Ms Adam worked with Aberdeenshire Council to update the local authority’s autism strategy, and in her role as an MSP she recently lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the work of ADHD organisations during ADHD Awareness Month too.

MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam.
MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Karen Adam.

To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week, the Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP lodged a motion to the Scottish Parliament highlighting the occasion and the work of Dyslexia Scotland, who are offering a series of online and in-person events, starting in October and finishing in December.

Commenting Ms Adam said: “It’s estimated that around one in 10 people living in the UK have some form of dyslexia, and is a condition that often goes underdiagnosed or unrecognised because of the lack of awareness of the day to day impacts it can have for people living with the condition.

“I am delighted to lodge this motion in the Scottish Parliament, which highlights Dyslexia Awareness Week in Scotland, and commends the really incredible work of Dyslexia Scotland’s staff and volunteers.

“I know there’s been a lot of worthwhile work going on from Dyslexia Scotland, where they have offered online and in-person events for teachers and lecturers, to improve awareness and support for people living with the condition.

“I was really keen to highlight the work of their organisation, particularly in the run up to Dyslexia Week, even as a small token of thanks from me because I know and understand some of the additional challenges neurodivergent people face every single day.”

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