One in 10 Australians have some form of dyslexia and we’re being asked to turn the country red to help raise awareness during October.
Light it Red for Dyslexia Awareness is a volunteer initiative by Code REaD Dyslexia Network for Dyslexia Month this month.
Code REaD Dyslexia Network is a national registered charity that aims to light significant monuments, buildings and landmarks across Australia in RED for Dyslexia Awareness Month.
The Dyslexia Association Australia says about one in 10 Australians have dyslexia, and there are three types of reading and/or writing conditions:
Find out more here.
According to the Code Read Dyslexia Network website, the campaign started in 2015 so all people with dyslexia can be understood, acknowledged, empowered and to have equal access to opportunities.
“Ask any dyslexic about their school experience and they will tell you about the gut wrenching fear of receiving back their school work covered in red crosses and comments,” the network’s website says.
“When Light it Red started in 2015, it was about taking back the power of that colour to raise awareness.
“The colour influenced our name Code Read (pronounced RED) Dyslexia Network. Red is disruptive and cannot be ignored but it also highlights the urgency of the situation."
“In effect we wanted to say that it is time to stop sweeping this important issue under the carpet and take action.”
Code REaD Dyslexia Network is asking for the community’s help to light up Australia RED this month and here’s how you can get involved:
Register your Light Up here.
To find out what’s happening in your state, visit: https://codereadnetwork.org/get-involved/lir2021