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SAT: Dyslexia and Social Entrepreneurship Open Digital Resource (Susan Eley Morris)

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Dr Susan Morris
6 January 2016

This OU Live multimedia presentation describes my research and development of the Dyslexia-Friendly Workplace Project.  This educational technology project is developing a behavioural intervention, aimed at Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of employing organisations, about the inclusion of adults with dyslexia in learning in the workplace.  Dyslexia-Friendly Workplace will be an open access, free, multimedia digital wall curated using Microsoft Sway.  The Project aspires to have transformative economic and social impact as a provision of open education about adults with dyslexia for all employees and volunteers.  The first intervention and iteration of the Wall will be personalised for CEOs of social enterprises operating in Scotland, on the grounds that twenty per cent of entrepreneurs in the UK have dyslexia (McCue 2015) and there are over 30,000 entrepreneurs with dyslexia working in Scotland (Gildener 2015). 

My presentation sets out the three areas of 1) evidence on dyslexia and entrepreneurship, 2) my agenda in universal design, accessibility and inclusion and 3) my actions in designing a digital wall of informal learning about dyslexia for social enterprises as workplaces. 

The four pillars of my agenda are The Social Model of Disability where difference is not considered a deficit (SAIF 2009); digital inclusion of all adults which requires mindfulness of the digital divide, the double digital divide, digital literacy, digital agility and accessibility (Seale, Draffan and Wald 2010; Seale 2014); universal design to ensure usability for all not accessibility for some and free open education in informal digital spaces. 

My presentation will reveal the first iteration of the Dyslexia-Friendly Workplace digital wall, introducing three of its artefacts.   Artefacts of the digital wall will be sent as missives to the targeted audience of CEOs of social enterprises in Scotland using a social media strategy.  The rationale for the social media strategy, indicators of traction and measures of economic and social impact will be described.

In the social economy practice with adults with disabilities may be at an advanced enlightened situation. I look through the Inclusion lens to Open Education towards some tangible missions of co-creating learning that will contribute to equality and prosperity.  Whoever we consider ourselves to be, we make sense of the world through our lens, as specialists and generalists depending on our passion for, interest in and accomplishment of a thing and co-production with others.

References

Gildener, J (2015) Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship. Social Enterprise Academy blog. http://www.socialenterpriseacademy/blog/ [online]. Last accessed 11 November 2015.

McCue, S (2015) Steven Unique Dyslexic McCue Blog. http://www.sdyslexia.blogspot.co.uk

Scottish Accessible Information Forum (2009) The Social Model of Disability Easy Read Version. Glasgow: SAIF

Seale, J., Draffan ,E.A., Wald, M (2010) Digital agility and digital decision-making: conceptualising digital inclusion in the content of disabled learners in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 445-461 DOI 10.1080/03075070903131628

Seale, J.K. (2014) E-learning and Disability in Higher Education. Accessibility Research and Practice. Custom Edition. Routledge

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