A Scottish charity believes a simple hashtag could stop the vicious online abuse of people living with dyslexia.
Dyslexia Scotland is preparing to launch an idea created by one of its members to inform followers when the account holder is dyslexic. A universal hashtag would be placed under the account holder’s name, to raise awareness and understanding over spelling or grammar mistakes.
The charity will gauge feedback on the idea over the next few months.
At the beginning of this week , dyslexic Labour MP Peter Kyle issued a plea to ask the “spelling police” to back off. He described some of the comments left for him on social media as “sneering and brutal”.
The 49-year-old asked social media users who call him “thick” over his writing mistakes to go easy on him as he is “living with acute dyslexia”. Chief Executive of Dyslexia Scotland, Cathy Magee, revealed on BBC Scotland’s Mornings with Kaye Adams programme that the organisation is planning to launch the idea in its magazine in December.
She said: “The idea is to reduce the stigma and worry about incorrect spelling.