Umbrella Gang is a comic book designed for students who find it hard to learn in the traditional way. It tells a story while still teaching the fundamental things which kids must learn such as telling the time and spelling. Neurodiversity is the main theme for this story. It is the term used to describe people whose brains work in a different way to others which include learning difficulties and physical Disabilities such as Epilepsy. This story includes characters with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and more who all struggle to find themselves among people who are different to them.
The company which makes the Umbrella gang is Dekko Comics. They have many comics on their website to choose from, all to help people with their learning.
It began in 2015 when the creator of the comics Rossie Stone decided to turn his revision technique from school into comics for others. Over the years he has become very successful. Building a team, working with publishers such as Harper Collins and selling his books internationally.
The main features of the book that help people who are Neurodivergent are colour coding, footnotes as well as Dyslexia friendly fonts.
I myself would’ve really enjoyed them in school as I’m Dyslexic, Dyspraxic and Dyscalculic. I luckily went to the Dyslexia Centre when I was in primary school and then went to the Dyslexia school called Belgrave School which now resides in Withywood, Bristol. I struggled a lot with writing, generally making my sentences quite short, without going into too much detail about a topic and then finishing exams much earlier than advised.
These comics are inventive ways of learning that are widening the possibilities for people to learn when the traditional process doesn’t work for them.