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A large range of international films about dyslexia are freely available on the internet. They are set within different educational contexts, policies, legislation and approaches which do not always reflect the inclusive Scottish educational context of Curriculum for Excellence and collaborative assessment for dyslexia. However, they can support professional reflection and self-evaluation.

Below a small selection has been highlighted.

A film of Sir Jackie Stewart, President of Dyslexia Scotland, speaking at the re-launch of the Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit 8th March 2017, can be viewed here. To view all films from the 2017 and 2010 launches, click here.

Dyslexia Explained: What's It Like Being Dyslexic?

Running time: 07:15mins

An animated film created by the company ‘Nessy’ highlighting the negative impact arising from unidentified dyslexia and how things can improve. Please note that this film is not set within the Scottish context of curriculum for excellence and collaborative assessment however it provides useful information to support professional reflection.


Hidden Potential

Running time: 11:07mins

‘Hidden Potential’ a new short film on dyslexia to mark Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2016)  made by Eamonn McMahon, with some support from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.


The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind - Dean Bragonier - TEDx Talks

Running time: 16:51mins

Dean Bragonier offers a different take on Dyslexia. By looking at the unique mindset of Dyslexics as a strength, Dean reframes a perceived weakness as a powerful tool and teaches us all an important lesson about the power of an open mind. This talk links to the entitlement of an accessible curriculum for learners who are dyslexic in Scotland and the support and information provided to Scottish teachers from CALL Scotland.




Dystalk is a website designed for parents in England but may be of help to Scottish practitioners. The website provides short videos featuring talks on a range of topics by leading academics.