Liverpool Dyslexia Innovators group create Southport Flower Show garden to highlight skills and experience of dyslexic people.
A GARDEN at this year’s Southport Flower Show will raise awareness about dyslexia and the benefits that diagnosis can bring.
‘Pathways to Dyslexia’ has been designed by the Liverpool Dyslexia Innovators group and showcases the abilities of dyslexic landscape gardener Collin Abram. The garden explains the journey of a dyslexic person, from the early struggles through education to diagnosis, and the insight and freedom which a diagnosis can bring.
The Liverpool Dyslexia Innovators group is a wellbeing project started by clients who attend the Dyslexia Foundation at Liverpool’s Albert Dock and who wanted more support and engagement with other dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculia members.
It aims to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and social isolation and promote networks of support through wellbeing events.
The group has strong links with Southport as this is where the Dyslexia Foundation was developed by founder Steve O’Brien.
The garden aims to show that adults with dyslexia can achieve great things, not despite their disability, but because of it.
Landscape gardener Collin Abram said: “Dyslexic people are ‘picture thinkers’. They have strong visual skills and a powerful imagination.
“The garden is a chance for our group to demonstrate this and a chance for the public to come by and chat to our members about the experience of being dyslexic.”
The planting scheme moves from dark to bright colours to represent this journey. The right of the garden represents life post-diagnosis, with a bright colour-scheme and metaphors representing the positive, innovative aspects of dyslexia.
As well as promoting the Innovators group and the Dyslexia Foundation, the garden also offers the opportunity for people to find out more about the foundation’s free dyslexia screening, wellbeing support and details of how to join the group.
People can follow the developments of the garden via the group’s Facebook and Twitter feed.
Southport Flower Show runs from Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 21.
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