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International Celebration of Dyslexia

We believe dyslexia is a gift, not a curse

Approximately 10% of the world’s population ‘suffer’ from the gift of dyslexia however most of society label dyslexia a learning disorder. By concentrating on “fixing” the problem, it can make it difficult for this 10% of the population the chance to express their natural-born talents and gifts.

Left and Right Brain HemispheresfMRI studies show a non-dyslexic person utilises the brain’s left-hemisphere more. This is a gift in its own right: logical, sequential, and great for literacy skills, such as writing, reading, and spelling. Dyslexic people, who tend to use the right hemisphere more, are often bright, highly intelligent and articulate but are simply unable to read, write, or spell at the level expected of them. Others are especially talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, and engineering.

The written word has been with us for only a short time in our long human evolution, before the advent of writing there would have been no such thing as a ‘dyslexic person’.

Studies have shown that entrepreneurs are five times more likely to be dyslexic. It has also shown that approximately 50% of London’s prison population is dyslexic. ICD aims to increase the number of entrepreneurs/creative people among the dyslexic population.

So what needs to happen? Those born with the GIFT of dyslexia should embrace these right-hemisphere brain talents and fly high!

The International Celebration of Dyslexia (ICD) is aimed at both adults and children (over eight years old) with the gift of dyslexia. This one-day event will offer dyslexic people the insight of how to unlock and retain their gift.

Dyslexia has long been stigmatised by employers, by the media, and by society at large. This groundbreaking event has one aim: to bring about change and a major paradigm shift in the way we consider the condition and those living with the gift.
Karl de Leeuw
ICD Founder, Campaigner and Author
I WILL CERTAINLY ENDORSE THE CONCEPT OF AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA CELEBRATION. I WAS FOUND TO BE DYSLEXIC AT THE AGE OF 7 AND ENDED UP DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL AND LIVING ON THE STREETS AS A TEENAGER. TODAY I AM CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING AUTHORITIES ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND AUTHOR OF 40 BOOKS
Dr John F. Demartini
Demartini Institute
The possibility of celebrating the giftedness of dyslexia through an event of this kind is long overdue.
Sister Antoinette
Director, St John's Education Centre, Ireland

[ SPEAKERS & EVENT SCHEDULE ]

The International Celebration of Dyslexia (ICD) will benefit from the following keynote speakers. Free tickets available.

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Gibby Jasper

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Podcast Host

Gibby Jasper

Gibby Jasper embraced her dyslexia fully at the age of 24 and ever since has been on a mission to re-frame the way dyslexia is seen. Through speaking events and the podcast, Dyslexia Is Our Superpower she is spreading the message that dyslexics are superheroes.

Karl de Leeuw

Author, Campaigner, ICD Founder

Karl de Leeuw

Karl de Leeuw is the world’s leading campaigner for retaining the right hemisphere gift of dyslexia. He is author of The Dyslexia Code, The Universe Code and The Healthspring Code, and is the founder of the International Celebration of Dyslexia (ICD).

Richard Whitehead

Davis Method Supervisor-Specialist, Author

Richard Whitehead

Richard Whitehead is a practising Davis® Facilitator (Dyslexia.com) with an academic background in languages and linguistics, extensive experience in teaching and education, and a keen interest in holistic therapies. He is author of Why ‘Tyrannosaurus’ But Not ‘If’?

Sam Rapp

Writer poet, playwright and lawyer

Sam Rapp

Sam Rapp (The Dyslexic poet), is an award-winning writer, poet, playwright, speaker, producer, part-time lawyer, chair of Dyslexia House Association, Co Chair of the Disability staff network for the public sector legal services and with her production company Fun with Words, conducts creative writing workshops, as a creative teacher. She is author of Rant: Dyslexic Me

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Gibby Booth Jasper
Gibby Jasper

Welcome to the inaugural International Celebration of Dyslexia

Gibby welcomes visitors to the inaugural International Celebration of Dyslexia (ICD) event and sets the stage for a fun event.

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ICD Founder Karl de Leeuw
Karl de Leeuw

An Introduction to the ICD and to the Gift of Dyslexia

ICD founder, author and campaigner, Karl de Leeuw discusses the societal prejudices that dyslexia adults and children face, and how these challenges can be overcome. Dyslexia is a gift, not a curse, he argues - society must change and not dyslexics.

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Richard Whitehead

Practical examples of the Davis Method

Richard Whitehead, author of Why 'Tyrannosaurus But Not 'If'? gives practical examples of the Davis Method, to help boost your confidence and let you know how to succeed.

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Refreshments

Refreshments

A selection of teas, coffee and water will be served.

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Sam Rapp

Sam Rapp

Writer and poet Sam Rapp will combine a mixture of a talk with poetry about her journey, and also get the audience to write poetry themselves. Bring along pen and paper, or your smartphone/notebook if you wish to take part.

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Sandwich
Lunch

Lunch Break

We provide 1.5hr lunch beak for ICD attendees to enjoy their own packed lunch or make use of the many local eateries within a few minutes walk of the venue.

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Speaker to be announced.

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Q&A

Q&A Between the audience and speakers

A Questions & Answers session between the audience and the speakers until 4pm, when ICD finishes.

[ Tickets ]

Live Event and LiveStream Tickets will be freely available for the International Celebration of Dyslexia.

Live Event Tickets

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FREE/day
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Live Event Details

DATE & Time: 10am Saturday, 24th August 2021

Location: London South Bank University
(Exact location details to follow)

Livestream Details

Streaming Globally from London, 10am GMT

If you download a Streaming Ticket, we will send you a link before the event to enable you to join us from wherever you are in the world.

All tickets will be available from Eventbrite, full details coming soon.

ICD Livestream

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[ IN THE PRESS ]

The International Celebration of Dyslexia (ICD) has and continues to enjoy media attention. Explore our news and press coverage to date, below.

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May 2020

Let’s Have a Party!!!

The International Celebration of Dyslexia aims to “shatter the myth” that the condition is a “curse”. Unlike existing events, which focus on ‘coping’ with dyslexia,…

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May 2020

Mark my words: dyslexia is a gift, not a curse!!!

After learning that his daughter was also dyslexic, Karl de Leeuw set about finding a ‘cure’. His quest triggered a chain of events that will…

[ The Dyslexia Code ]

Karl de Leeuw's book The Dyslexia Code: There Is No More Compassion - Do It! is available now on Amazon.

The Dyslexia Code, a Book by Karl de Leeuw
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