Julie Elliott MP

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Video highlighting problems faced by those with dyslexia launched

A video highlighting how Wearsiders with dyslexia can often experience social exclusion has been launched by Julie.


The video, Missed Opportunities, was made by the Pallion-based charity Social Inclusion and Dyslexia Project (SID) to document how those with the condition can miss out on life opportunities.

“It is two years since I opened the SID offices at 53 St Luke’s Terrace and I was delighted to be invited back to help launch the group’s very moving video,” said Julie.

“The organisers at SID are doing a marvellous job helping people with dyslexia overcome difficulties and develop confidence. Their work in this area is absolutely vital.”

An estimated 27,000-plus people are believed to be affected by dyslexia in Sunderland and SID, which works mainly with long-term unemployed, provides tailored support to those in need.

“Organisers at SID have found there is an extreme need for help, as people are being financially sanctioned on a regular basis because of mistakes made as a result of their dyslexia,” said Julie.

“Many struggle to access services, benefits, training and employment – as the Missed Opportunities video highlights – but SID aims to help by improving literacy skills and developing confidence.”

  • If you, or anyone you know, is facing problems due to dyslexia SID can be contacted on 0745 630 8249.

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