Over the past year, I have been running workshops in secondary schools across London that encourage participants, aged 12 to 16 to visualise their dyslexia as a hybrid animal. The workshops were an enriching experience that opened up a safe space for students to discuss what to have dyslexia in school today. It helped them articulate their experiences through visual and engaging means. These outcomes from the workshops will go towards a publication that will be circulated back to the participating schools.
My project aims to empower dyslexic students who are neglected by the school system. This project was inspired by my own experience of education as someone with dyslexia. I have been running workshops in secondary schools across London that encourage participants, aged twelve to sixteen to visualise their dyslexia as a hybrid animal. These outcomes are going into a publication and activity pack that will be circulated back to the participating schools. This project aims to establish a community among dyslexic students and educate their neurotypical peers.
I worked closely with the special educational needs (SEN) members of staff at each of the schools to select the students for the workshop. The contents of the publication and activity pack are entirely created by the participants. I merely facilitated the workshop and gave them prompts. These prompts included questions like, are you an auditory learner? This helped them to define the characteristics of their dyslexia in a visual way. I also sat in on one on one lessons with certain participants to record their body language through drawing. This helped me understand the participants' relationship with education better.
This is an ongoing project that will be completed for September 2022.