Founder of educational Dekko Comics wins national award

Rossie Stone
Rossie Stone

The inspiring founder of an educational comic series which aims to help children overcome barriers to reading has been recognised at the national Dyslexia Awards.

Rossie Stone, director of Glasgow-based Dekko Comics and son of BBC news anchor Sally Magnusson, won the trophy for Amazing Artist at the awards night on Saturday, September 24 at the Enginuity interactive museum in Coalbrookdale.

Judges described him as "multi-talented" and a "true ambassador" for people with dyslexia.

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Rossie was diagnosed with dyslexia at primary school and struggled to read basic textbooks and found English lessons difficult.

However, he excelled at art and in his mid-20s decided to use his talent and love of comments to start building his educational business.

In April 2016, with more than £13,000 funding from a Kickstarter campaign, he officially launched Dekko Comics and just a few months later released the first two comic issues to the public.

Now his comics, which turn Key Stage 2 curriculum content into engaging comic strips, are helping thousands of youngsters to overcome motivational barriers to learning including those with dyslexia and autism.

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Rossie said: "I’m very proud to win this award.

"It has taken a lot of hard work, time and dedication to ensure Dekko Comics are accessible to as many children as possible world-wide.

"Winning this award has reminded me that it was only because of my own struggles with dyslexia that I came up with the business idea for Dekko Comics in the first place.

"Our aim is to make reading and learning accessible and enjoyable to all children, particularly those who are dyslexic so that we can help build confidence."

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Awards founder Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE said: "All nine awards were open to nominations from right across the UK, and the judges were overjoyed with the quality of entries in all sections.

"It is so lovely to hear stories of my fellow dyslexics achieving their goals and dreams, hearing about their successes and about super supportive educators and employers too.

"Dyslexics are a vastly untapped stream of positive and alternative thinking.

"Rossie is a shining example of how utilising your strengths can have a profound impact, not just on you as an individual but on others too.

"Positivity has a ripple effect and what an effect this young man is having on so many - well done Rossie."

The Dyslexia Awards showcase the diverse skills and strengths of dyslexic people and recognise those supporting them.