Dyspraxia awareness week took place on the 4th of October till the 10th of October 2020.
We held activities for all groups: adults and parents and children.
The first session was aimed at parents and children where they had a online baking session baking brownies. This sparked interest and creativity. This session was enjoyed by families that attended.
The last three sessions were dedicated to dyspraxic individuals and adults. The sessions were a discussion on dyspraxia awareness, case study and a fundraising quiz night. These were all held on zoom and had a great turn out.
The fundraising quiz night was a successful one as we managed to raise £30 which will help fund our projects.
Please have a look at our new video. I would like to thank our excellent and talented video maker for producing an engaging video to promote the Dyspraxia Support Group Teesside. https://www.fiverr.com/ritahayworth%MCEPASTEBIN%. Please have a look at the portfolio of her work.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, we will be delivering all sessions online for both adults and parents & children dyspraxia support group sessions. We are following the advice of the government.
Our aim is to help local people affected by dyspraxia. We do this through regular fortnightly meetings with those affected, community engagement with other organisations in the area and by educating people about the condition.
We want to develop awareness, knowledge and understanding of dyspraxia to combat inequality in education and the workplace.
The group wants to build strong and trusting partnerships with educational establishments, health professionals, charities within the community and make sure that those with dyspraxia are able to get the relevant help they need.
Local people, affected by dyspraxia need a voice in the community and to know they are not alone.
We aim to help local people with dyspraxia achieve their goals and help them make informed career choices.
Dyspraxia Support Group Teesside aims to empower local people with dyspraxia and help them build in confidence, so they can thereby become more independent in their future.
Dyspraxia Support Group Teesside’s founding member grew up in the Teesside area and was diagnosed with dyspraxia aged 8. He, along with a friend, whose family was also affected, had first-hand experience of dyspraxia and the inevitable struggles it’s linked in education and the workplace. This inspired them to set up an organisation to help others like themselves. In particular, they wanted dyspraxia to be given more recognition and increase the understanding of a condition that is frequently misunderstood. We recognised that there was limited support in the local area for those with dyspraxia over the age of 13. From this age onwards young people are put under extra pressure to make vital decisions such as GCSE subject choices, what kind of job or career they’d like to have in the future, whether they want to go into higher education etc. They are expected to make important life choices and this can feel very daunting. We set up this group to support young adults affected by dyspraxia through this difficult period of their life. We also recognised that this pressure was not something that simply stopped at the age of 18, this is why we offer this support for ages 18+.
Experience shows there is a lack of awareness and recognition about the condition in general. In fact, through a survey we conducted we discovered that only half the population in the local area are aware of what dyspraxia is!
This is a concern as misunderstanding about the condition in mainstream schools and employment means that dyspraxia sufferers don’t always get all the relevant help they need. We want to change this, so local employers and educational practitioners not only recognise and are aware of the condition, but what they can do to help.