Mark it Read

In recognition of International Dyslexia Awareness Month, Dyslexia Canada with the proud support of IG Wealth Management, is launching the first inaugural Mark it Read for Dyslexia Campaign.

Imagine trying to manage every day life with a hereditary disability that makes it difficult to read, write or spell like everyone else.  This is the reality faced by Canadians who live with dyslexia.

For the 1 in 5 kids struggling with dyslexia, the teacher's red pen is a constant reminder of the lack of awareness and support needed for them to actually learn to read, write and spell with their peers and be successful in school and in life.

This October, buildings and monuments across Canada will use red lights to show their support for the 10 - 15% of Canadians living with dyslexia. 


Mark it Read Lighting Schedule


Help spread the message by finding your own way to Mark it Read

Looking for Inspiration?

  • Come out and see us - take a selfie with one of the “red monuments”

  • Be adventurous - dye your hair red for one day

  • Get your office involved – ask everyone to wear a red shirt to show their support

  • Share your story – are you or do you know someone with dyslexia? Share your support on FB and Twitter

  • Engage local businesses -ask your local shops to light their windows and doors red for one day

  • Bring out the holiday décor – string up your red Christmas lights in October

  • Call City Hall – ask your city hall to mark it read just like the City of Lethbridge and Coquitlam. We have a letter ready to make it easier

  • Join the PTA – ask your school and classroom teacher to participate. We have a letter for that – or see the suggestions below on how teachers can participate


We want to hear your ideas

Whatever you choose—make sure you take a picture and post it, tweet it, share it!  We want to hear about it!


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For teachers and schools

Learn more about Dyslexia and the students in your class impacted by it at dyslexacanada.org. Did you know that the average classroom has at least 3 students with Dyslexia?

  • Get your class and school involved our national campaign and help us Mark It Read
  • Show the award winning short animation See Dyslexia Differently
  • Follow up with an activity that allows students to dig deeper.  This teacher resource pack developed by the British Department for Education and the British Dyslexia Association is a great place to start!
  • Only use red pens, crayons, chalk for one day
  • Have everyone wear a red shirt for one day
  • Have a “red” themed art project
  • Decorate your class in red
  • Incorporate a discussion and lesson on learning differences into your classroom