A new social enterprise in Glenrothes has been set up to take a different approach to dyslexia.
The Dyslexia Pathways Community Interest Company, founded by Steve McCue, brings free access to workshops for those who have dyslexia throughout Fife.
The company secured funding in 2013 from The Big Lottery Fund, Fife Community, Learning Network, Fife Cultural Trust and Community Scotland to run a new programme called Unique Dyslexic Get Creative.
Steve said: “The basic idea behind our new programme is to promote and celebrate the creativity, in all its forms, of dyslexic and neuro different individuals and communities, locally and globally.
“We want to give a much more positive profile of dyslexia and try and remove some of the stigma that can sometimes be associated with it. In other words, “Viva le Difference.
“We argue that dyslexia in itself is not a disability. We want to have a more holistic approach rather than focus on the literacy aspect.
Steve himself is a dyslexic and has worked with a number of universities, including Abertay, for over five years as a dyslexia and inclusion specialist to offer help and support to students where it was needed.
“Many young people don’t receive the right help and guidance when they attend school and may have suffered a lack of confidence and self esteem issues as a result. With our work shops, we want to build them back up and a lot of dyslexics are very creative so the art and music activities are great for that.”
The programme has already run a very successful workshop at the Lochgelly Centre and will be running another three in July and August in Anstruther, Cupar and Dunfermline.
For more information visit www.uniquedyslexic.com or email steve on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Dyslexia Get Creative workshops
Visual Art workshop on Saturday, July 26 from 10am, Dreels Hall, Anstruther. Come and unleash your creative self with sculpture and digital art printing.
Upcycling workshop on Saturday, August 2 from 10am, Furniture Plus, Castle Business Park, Dunfermline. Trash to Treasure, learn skills in painting and upholstery.
Music workshop Saturday, August 18 from 10am, Cupar Youth Cafe. An introduction to music recording and editing techniques.