National Dyslexia Week takes place in October each year and the theme for this year is ‘create’. Creativity has a huge role to play in engineering and the IET is holding a free and inspiring webinar, Engineered by Dyslexia, that will explore the links between dyslexia and engineering. Those with dyslexia have an exceptional ability in complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and people management – all skills that are highly regarded in engineering.
Dyslexia Week is an annual event run by the British Dyslexia Association to raise awareness and understanding of dyslexia. This year, it takes place during 5-11 October and focuses on creativity. To help raise awareness and support the week, the IET’s webinar features real-life engineers with dyslexia sharing their stories and experiences and talking about how dyslexia helps them in their job.
Taking place on Friday 9 October at 12:30 on YouTube, the 30-minute webinar will be chaired by the IET’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Jo Foster, and feature four engineers who are engineering a better world for us all. The webinar will end with a live Q&A session giving audience members the chance to speak to the engineers.
Jo Foster commented: ‘’We are delighted to host and support Engineers with Dyslexia to promote the very many and often overlooked benefits that neurodiversity can bring to the STEM profession, as well as highlight some of the barriers that individuals with dyslexia may face.’’
You can register for the webinar here: https://localevents.theiet.org/abe0ea or alternatively click this YouTube link on 9 October at 12:30pm to watch the webinar: https://youtu.be/ajpW1NiFImo
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