Matt Hancock MP opened the first edition of the Dyslexia Show on March 25 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Founded in 2019, the Dyslexia Show is the UK’s first national exhibition dedicated to dyslexia, and the largest dyslexia event in Europe, with over six thousand attendees over the two days.
During the show over 49 exhibitors offered products, services and resources that are available within the areas of dyslexia. The show also brought together over 60 experts to share knowledge, spread awareness and support with ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in all areas of dyslexia.
Hancock provided the keynote speech at the event: ‘Dyslexia and me: The importance of early diagnosis’.
Arran Smith, founder and show director for the Dyslexia Show, said: “As a severely dyslexic adult myself that understands the day-to-day struggles that dyslexics today face, [I was] delighted to welcome Matt Hancock to the Dyslexia Show to talk about his ongoing work in changing policy and legislation around screening and training related to dyslexia in our education system today.”
Smith founded the Dyslexia Show back in 2019 with the support of companies such as DyslexiaBox, Claro Software, Nessy Learning and Scanning Pens who were the original sponsors for the show that was meant to take place back in 2020.
Smith is a dyslexic entrepreneur who has previously worked with the British Dyslexia Association and is now a trustee. He is the managing director of several companies working in the field of dyslexia and special education needs and disability.