Dyslexia debate (2012 event)
In this event, recorded live at Edinburgh International Book Festival, prolific children’s writer Vivian French declared that it is time to stop classifying dyslexia as a disability; we need to start appreciating that different brain-wiring and neurobiological patterns allow people to process information in unique ways. Although dyslexia may cause difficulties with reading and writing, people with it prefer thinking in narrative form, which often makes them natural storytellers and actors. An ability to visualize 3D structures also means many are gifted artists. Vivian French led the discussion with Dr John Rack, Head of Research, Development and Policy at Dyslexia Action and actor, playwright and songwriter Matthew McVarish weighing in. Supported by the Wellcome Trust.