13 Apr Equip
Since A2i Dyslexia’s inception and founding by Elizabeth Takyi, the goal has always been to work within the community to help those with Dyslexia and other associated conditions. Elizabeth leads from a lived experience of Dyslexia and wants to change, not only the level of support that is available for those who need it, but also how Dyslexia and neurodiversity is perceived in the wider community.
With the Equip project, we want to help neuro-diverse people create their future with Dyslexia. Using role models and examples, we want to demonstrate that Dyslexic thought can actually be an advantage, particularly in the arts and creative sectors. We aim to equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need to take them forward in working environments. At A2i, we want to show that having Dyslexia or other associated conditions, such as Dyscalculia or Dyspraxia, is not a disadvantage but a strength that has yet to be utilised.
How Can We Help?
This program extends over 18 months. In this time we want to give participants flexible 1:1 support and a full range of workshops. These will provide those in the program with the skills and support they need to overcome whatever barriers they have experienced in the past when it comes to employment and education.
There are plenty of role models and examples within the neuro-diverse community who have achieved success despite Dyslexia. We regularly invite people like this as guest speakers to the workshops to help inspire participants with their stories. When we tell people that they can use the strengths inside of them, we want to prove that it can and has worked for others in the past.
We work with the talents and interests of each individual to identify their assets and work on building aspiration, confidence, and the soft skills required to secure employment. Critical to this is our advice on employment rights including reasonable adjustments and Access to Work funding. We ensure they are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need, and mentor them to set achievable yet stretching goals to overcome the challenges they face. Each individual is signposted and referred onwards to organisations where they can develop themselves further in preparation for work or training.
Due to COVID-19 and the changing face of restrictions, we will initially be offering the support online, and then moving face-to-face when possible.
Who Can We Help?
We are looking to help a total of 30 people with Dyslexia who are looking to get into work and training. These 30 will be further divided into 3 groups of 10 for the workshops and support offered.
We will be looking to take participants from 3 priority groups within the community: disabled people, BAME, and women.
Participants will be a minimum 16 years old and have evidence of right-to-live and right-to-work in the UK, and will be unemployed/inactive or on Universal Credit and facing barriers to work and/or training connected with their disability.
People with Dyslexia or specific learning difficulties such as Dyscalculia, Dysphasia, Dyspraxia Irlen Syndrome (visual stress) often struggle with reading, spelling, writing, and sometimes numeracy and may encounter problems with short-term memory concentration, sequencing, and processing information. These are the very barriers that we are looking to help overcome.
What Do We Offer?
There will be 16 unique workshops that will assist with future work and training. Each session will be led by a qualified teacher with Adult and Continuing Education qualifications including English as a second or foreign language, and experienced tutors/facilitators. Workshops will aim to teach techniques which enable people with Dyslexia to build confidence and skills, including:
- Using your creative strengths
- Memory techniques
- Managing time effectively
- Self-confidence and assertiveness
- Basic literacy
- IT/Digital Skills
1:1 goal planning with each participant either online or at a community venue subject to restrictions.
Free Dyslexia screening for those who haven’t yet had one.
Do you feel that you or someone you know could benefit from this program? It isn’t too late and we highly encourage anyone to sign up and become a part of this fantastic project. This is a golden opportunity to reach your full potential so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Email us at: email@example.com
Phone: 07476 012 992