British Dyslexia Association (BDA)
Helpline Tel: 0845 251 9002
The British Dyslexia Association campaigns for a dyslexia-friendly society in which all dyslexic people can reach their potential. As the only impartial and objective dyslexia-focussed membership-based organisation in the UK, the BDA delivers support and information to over 6 million people throughout the country.
The BDA tells society what dyslexia is, why having an understanding of dyslexia is important, and advises on how to become dyslexia-wise. In practice, this means that the BDA listens, advises, signposts and provides impartial support, guidance and direction to policy-makers at national and regional level, as well as to parents, children, young people, employees and employers.
The BDA will put you in touch with your local dyslexia association, where you can talk to someone who can advise you about help and support locally.
Dyslexia Action is the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. It specialises in assessments, teaching and training as well as developing and distributing teaching materials and undertaking research. Dyslexia Action is committed to improving public policy and practice. It partners schools, local authorities, colleges, universities, employers, voluntary sector organisations and the government to improve the quality and quantity of help for people with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.
Dyslexia Action services are available through 26 centres and 160 teaching locations, including many schools, around the UK. Over half-a-million people benefit from their work each year. Dyslexia Action is the only national dyslexia-teaching organisation in the world with its own bursary fund to help families who could not otherwise afford specialist provision.
Telephone Help line 0808 1800 110
Mon to Fri 10am – 4pm and 5pm - 8pm.
Phone for advice and support, which is available in both Welsh and English.
Dyslecsia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia aims to bring together professionals working with the dyslexia community, the commercial sector, government agencies, parents and carers, as well as dyslexic individuals to create an environment where the dyslexic individual may develop to their full potential. This will be facilitated through the development of awareness and understanding of, as well as resources for, the support of the dyslexic individual.
Dyslexia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia's Advice Line is our “front line” service for parents. It is covered by a fully trained volunteer adviser five days a week, including some evenings. The advice line operates from one central freephone number that is diverted by volunteers to their own home using a remote control diversion system.
Dyslexia Scotland is the voluntary organisation representing the needs and interests of dyslexic people in Scotland. Dyslexia Scotland gives support and promotes good practice by means of a Dyslexia Helpline: 0844 800 84 84 - Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm. It maintains a database of qualified tutors and specialist teachers and runs joint projects with practitioners and providers involved in the field of dyslexia. Other activities include co-ordination of national projects, organising conferences, seminars, workshops and training sessions, awareness-raising campaigns and road shows. It has a network of branches and support groups that run local projects, fieldwork and fundraising. Dyslexia Scotland also produces magazines and information packs, disseminates research findings and reports, and provides briefings and consultations for policy-makers.
Adult Dyslexia Organisation
The Adult Dyslexia Organisation (ADO) is a national body for adult dyslexics. It is run by dyslexics for dyslexics and all those who are concerned with adult dyslexics, and provides a wide range of services to the public and to professionals. The ADO exist to promote the cause of adults with dyslexia through lobbying, research, training and campaigning. A principal aim is to create awareness about dyslexia and to ensure that the needs of dyslexics are considered in the design and delivery of services.
Adult Dyslexia Centre, London
Helpline Tel: 0207 388 8744
The Adult Dyslexia Centre aims to enable dyslexic people to become more successful. Dyslexia is often addressed only in terms of study and literacy skills. We take a more holistic, lifespan approach to dyslexia and view it as much more than an educational matter – dyslexia impacts on both children and adults; on education and the workplace; on day-to-day life and in times of transition.
The Adult Dyslexia Centre provides workplace consultancy, including advice on policy, provision of services and adjustments, advice on interviewing, training and managing dyslexic employees, including for human resources staff. It also runs dyslexia awareness sessions for disability officers, welfare officers or HR departments, either at our office or at your workplace.
The Adult Dyslexia Centre can arrange a psychological diagnostic assessment by an educational psychologist, or an assessment by a specially trained dyslexia tutor. I can also offer advice on interviews, training and coaching for the workplace, study skills and career planning.
Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy, London
Tel: 0207 7582 6117
Dyslexia Assessment & Consultancy is a team of dyslexia experts specialising in workplace and educational consultancy. It provides diagnostic assessments for dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. It offers specialist individual skills training for adults with dyslexia and dyspraxia, including study skills for students and workplace skills training for employees. It also provides a consultancy service to employers, giving advice on reasonable adjustments and dyslexia / disability awareness training. It undertakes legal work, including legal assessment and it provides an expert witness service. Where appropriate, a workplace needs assessment is conducted. Recommendations are made for appropriate reasonable adjustments at work, as well as a training programme and items of equipment that will support the individual. The report can be used to apply for Access to Work funding.
Other useful sources of information and advice regarding dyslexia:
This website from the company iANSYST Ltd provides a wealth of information about dyslexia and how assistive technology can be used by dyslexic people to improve their studying, work, home life and leisure.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requires employers to make reasonable adjustments for their dyslexic staff in the workplace. The Re-Adjust initiative from iANSYST Ltd offers employers structured solutions to enable their disabled staff to achieve a whole new and productive way of working.