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SPE 324 -502

People with Special Needs


Awareness project
Instructor’s Name: Wejdan Alsakran
Group members:
Alia Abdulrahman - 201630852
Mariam Al Marri - 201601296
Khawla Adnan - 201508961
Khawla Abdulrahman - 201630982
Title of the project: Dyslexia: The dancing letters

Book / film/ poster: Book

Aim of the project

The aim of our project is to spread awareness of a learning disability that is common and be

able to offer people with dyslexia the support they need because even though they are held

back in reading and spelling they can be gifted in many other areas and they can be and are

achievers. We want to encourage people with learning disabilities to build confidence and

understand that their needs will be met and that there are specialists ready to help them deal

with the challenges they are facing. We would like to extend the support system to a greater

and stronger one and build a supporting community for people of determination to thrive in.

Through the book we have created we are providing a near reality experience of dyslexia to

try to bring their challenges to life in order to get a glimpse on how they deal with their

condition on a daily basis made to suit all ages and targeted to the whole community.

Reflection:

When we were brainstorming for our awareness project; we

had a lot of different ideas. I think it took us a long time to

finalise our ideas, but; this gave us the chance to collaborate

well with each other and come up with an interesting idea. As

a group, we tried our best to divide the work equally between

us three. Since Khawla Adnan is experienced with Photoshop

and animating, she volunteered to do the art and animation. I,

Alia, and Maryam worked together to carry out the needed

research. I believe that it’s an advantage that I have done

previous research on dysgraphia; and that Alia and Maryam have also done a research on

dyscalculia. This is because; as we were researching we were able to see how those three
learning difficulties are different and we were able to compare between them which gave us a

better understanding of dyslexia.

A challenge that we faced during the research process was that we didn’t have breaks

together and couldn’t always meet to work on the project.

Therefore, we created a Google document. This helped us add to

each other’s research, especially in the story writing process.

Another thing we did to have better communication was that we

made a Whatsapp group to share our ideas and to follow up with

each other. On the day of the symposium we also faced a

challenge; it was that we didn’t have a separate table and had to

share the table with two other groups. This was difficult

especially when we all were explaining at the same.

After presenting our project to our visitors, I learned many ways in which I would like to

improve the story with. For instance, when I told Dr Rana that the story is intended for all age

groups she advised us to have even simpler language than what we had written. A school

teacher also said that this story can be read aloud for children to raise awareness. This made

me think that if I were to change the language of the book; I would write a story to be read in

early childhood classrooms.

In conclusion, this awareness project was a success. As a group, we managed to overcome the

challenges that faced us and were able to work on the project together.
Reference
Nordqvist, C. (2017, November). What you need to know about dyslexia. Retrieved from Medical
News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186787.php

Shaywitz, S. (2017). What is Dyslexia? Retrieved from The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity:
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia/

The Understood Team. (n. d.). Understanding Dyslexia. Retrieved from Understood:
https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-
disabilities/dyslexia/understanding-dyslexia