Lib Dem Led Faversham Town Council has run a series of events to mark Dyslexia Awareness Week.
The event's arranged by the Town Council's Youth Working group included a performance by the Award-winning Sam Rapp, the dyslexic poet, a community support event, supported by Faversham Dyslexia and a weeklong exhibition proved very popular, with employers, parents, and education professionals engaging with councillors and officers to learn and understand both the challenges and strengths dyslexic thinkers have.
Cllr Ben J Martin said "As a dyslexic myself, it has been a real privilege to be able to help so many people this past week, both to understand dyslexia but also to help parents and children recently diagnosed as having dyslexia to access the support service available."
It is estimated that 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, including many highly successful public figures from history and today, including Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Alexander Grahame Bell, Lewis Hamilton, Richard Branson, Mollie King, Holly Willoughby, Keira Knightly, Albert Einstein, Ed Sheeran and many, many more.
Cllr Ben J Martin went on to add "we have been engaging with teachers, schools and businesses encouraging them to sign up to the Made By Dyslexia pledge, signposting them towards free dyslexia training for teachers, and free resources to assist businesses. Dyslexics think differently and have significant strengths in a number of areas, which can be of real benefit as businesses and wider society need increased creative thinking to tackle the big challenges ahead."
Cllr Alison Reynolds, Mayor of Faversham said "It has been a really brilliant week, I have learned so much. The exhibition was really informative and Sam Rapp was just amazing!"
For further information on the Exhibition or to view it virtually please visit the Faversham Youth Council Website.