The first Dyslexia Matters Conference for adults is to take place at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland on Saturday March 21.
It has been organised by Dyslexia North East, in partnership with Sunderland University, and the Social Inclusion and Dyslexia Project in Sunderland.
One of the organisers of the day, Liz Ferguson, said: “The aim is to empower and give knowledge about overcoming the barriers for dyslexic, wherever you live or work.
She added: “There is a host of speakers to dazzle you with stimulating presentations and interactive discussion, all at a delightful venue at the Glass Centre.
There are a few key speakers which include Kate Saunders CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, Stephen MacDonald a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at Sunderland University and Rachel Ingham from Understanding and Supporting Learning.
Liz continued by saying: “An exciting and inspiring Conference for adults, especially for Adults with Dyslexia, Employers, Teachers, Health Professionals and Support workers and for anyone who wants to know more about dyslexia and how to help support them.”
When speaking to a few people with dyslexia 29-year-old Laura Simons said: “Before going to university I always thought I was thick, I was often told in school I wasn’t good for anything. I never thought about dyslexia. But when I got tested in October 2013 it changed my life.
She added: “Teachers and authorities had no idea what was wrong with me and others people saw us as being lazy, there was no help then but there is now. Adults need to be more aware of it. I feel we can finally see the sun shining through.
Finding out I had dyslexia is very hard, at first I took it quite badly but now all I can see is positives.”
The Conference starts at 9.10am until 4.30pm.
Refreshments will be provided and places are still available at a cost of £50.00 or £25.00 concession rate, contact Dyslexia North East on 0786 826 3696 or www.dyslexianortheast.org .