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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.

Most of society labels dyslexia a learning disorder. Einstein, Tesla, John F Kennedy, Richard Branson and many other dyslexic people suffered at school but used their right brain gift to excel.

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.

LONDON, UK
30th October 2021
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Neil Hudson-Basing

Corporate Events Manager, LSBU

Neil Hudson-Basing

Neil is the Corporate Events Manager at London South Bank University with a substantial background in the charity, political, hospitality, voluntary and educational sectors. He is community focused, socially aware and passionate about equality, diversity & inclusion.

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’?

Jonathan Thompson

Disability & Dyslexia Manager at London South Bank University

Jonanthan Thompson

Jonathan Thompson has been the Disability & Dyslexia Manager at London South Bank University (LSBU) for 4.5 years and previous to this the Learning Support Manager for the University for the Creative Arts. He is also the Vice-Chair for the National Association of Disability Practitioners. Jonathan and the team at LSBU are strong advocates for the social model of disability and are working towards mitigating barriers that are created within the curriculum.

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, ambassador for Medway Disability Action, co-chair for Medway Creative People and South-East representative for the British Dyslexia Association. Sam is a creative writing teacher and conducts creative writing workshops with her company Fun With Words Productions. Her most recent project is Get Writing For the NHS. She is author of Rant: Dyslexic Me

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Neil Hudson-Basing
Neil Hudson-Basing

Welcome to the inaugural International Celebration of Dyslexia

Neil 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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Comfort Break

Comfort Break

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Jonathan Thompson
Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan will be looking at Dyslexia through the eyes of the social model and how Universities are beginning to remove barriers and create flexibility in teaching and assessment for all.

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Sam Rapp

Sam Rapp

Sam Rapp (The Dyslexic Poet) will combine a mixture of talk with poetry about her journey, and will also get the audience to write poetry themselves. So bring along pen and paper or your smartphone/notebook.

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Sandwich
Lunch Break

Lunch Break

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Q&A

Q&A Between the audience and speakers

A Questions & Answers session between the live and Zoom-streaming audience and the speakers until 2:15pm, when ICD finishes at 2:30pm with closing remarks and summary.

[ Tickets ]

Free Zoom Streaming Tickets will be available for the International Celebration of Dyslexia.

ICD 2021

Live Zoom Details

DATE & Time: 10am Saturday, 30th October 2021

Location: Zooming Live from London

If you download a Zoom ticket we will send you a Zoom link 7 days before the event to enable you to join us from anywhere in the world

All tickets will be available from Universe.com, a Ticketmaster Company.

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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: Why Right-Brained Children Should be Left...Alone is available now on Amazon.

The Dyslexia Code, a Book by Karl de Leeuw
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