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Ashoka Bulletin
The Dyslexic Mind: Thinking Differently About Higher Education
Join us for the first-ever conference on the inclusion of students with dyslexia in higher education institutions in India on October 28, 5PM - 8:30PM.
Globally, it is estimated that 1 in 5 people have dyslexia. They often bring a plethora of unique strengths and abilities to the table. In the context of classrooms, learners with dyslexia are known to think creatively, laterally, with a multi-sensory lens, often coming up with out-of-the-box solutions for real-world problems. Despite these strengths that they bring to the classroom, they are often side-lined from the mainstream education system in India, especially when it comes to higher education. This further widens the gap in the attainment of education, and subsequently, employment. 
However, this narrative is gradually changing. Recently, there have been a few developments in the field of higher education and dyslexia. With the introduction of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), the needs and the kind of support that learners with dyslexia require at various levels of their academic journeys are being acknowledged. Conversations have started among key stakeholders on how to employ the best practices to extend holistic support to all learners with dyslexia at higher education institutions (HEIs). In an attempt to take these conversations forward, Ashoka University, in collaboration with ChangeINKK Trust, is hosting a virtual conference on October 28, 2021. This is the first-ever conference on the inclusion of students with dyslexia in HEIs in India. It will bring together academicians, practitioners, industry experts, parents, students, advocates, and policymakers from the US and India to share best practices, knowledge and lived experiences to enable effective support systems for students with dyslexia across the HEIs.
The theme for this conference is – “The Dyslexic Mind: Thinking Differently About Higher Education”. The conference aims to spotlight dyslexia and explore its acceptance in HEIs in India. The idea is that this will further facilitate employers and industry leaders to capture the talent of people with dyslexia and achieve greater organisational productivity. The conference will consist of keynote addresses by the experts in the field and panel discussions amongst the leaders and representatives from academia and corporates in the US and India. One of the panels will host the adults with dyslexia who have made a significant mark in their chosen areas of work. Other discussions will centre around setting up the systems in place to encourage students with dyslexia to complete their higher education journey with confidence and contribute creatively to the ever-changing workspace globally.