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Useful Dyslexia Links

Dyslexia and SpLD Organisations

Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN)

The Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) has been founded to increase awareness of the impact of dyslexia and related conditions on adults. DAN is an umbrella network for adults with dyslexia and other specific learning differences (SpLDs). They are a collaboration of the major UK dyslexia charities (including Helen Arkell) and user-led organisations, together with nationally recognised specialists. This expertise has been brought together to focus solely on issues for adults.

Dyslexia Scotland

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Encourage and enable people with dyslexia, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential.

Empowering Learning

Olive Hickmott – The Learning Coach and expert in Visualisation

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)


IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Tel: 0800 018 4016 / 01799 526771

Learning Difference Convention

Australia's largest literacy and learning difficulties event. Access the latest research, technology and tools to help with your children or pupils education from over 60 of Australia’s leading companies and associations. This exhibition is essential for teachers or parents of children with diagnosed learning difficulties or simply those children that are struggling at school and need a helping hand. It’s also an excellent chance for teachers or medical professionals in the learning space to keep up to date on the latest advancements.

Made By Dyslexia

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Made By Dyslexia is a global charity led by successful (and famous) dyslexics. Their purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia.

Parent Champions

Volunteers who are passionate about helping parents and carers of children with SpLD’s.


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Pearson creates tools that provide opportunities for learners at every stage of their journey. Technology underpins everything they do, from the latest resources for personalised learning to data analysis tools to measure progress and aid teaching. At Helen Arkell we use a number of tests published by Pearson in both our diagnostic assessments and in our professional training courses.

Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)

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Offers a range of services to help in day-to-day work as well as representing the interests of teachers and students in matters that affect individuals with SpLD (Specific Learning Disabilities). 

Tel: +44 (0)1386 712 650

Springboard for Children

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Springboard for Children believes every child has the right to a fair chance of future success. Springboard is a charity providing one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children who are in danger of being left behind in the education system.

Surrey SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SSIASS)

Provide confidential, impartial and independent information, advice and support for young people and parents/carers of children and with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) aged 0 to 25.

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

The British Dyslexia Association campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential.

Tel: 0333 405 4567

The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)

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CReSTeD's main activity is to maintain a "Register of Schools" which provide teaching provision for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). This information is supplied free of charge to parents and those who are responsible for choosing a child's education.

The Driver Youth Trust

The Driver Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people with a focus on those who struggle with literacy, particularly children with dyslexia. The Driver Youth Trust

In partnership with Ark Schools, the Driver Youth Trust have developed Drive for Literacy.  This is a programme that gives teachers a better understanding of how they can help pupils who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic.  The programme gives them the skill set to make the necessary adjustments to meet the needs of these pupils so they can access the curriculum and experience success.

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

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The Dyslexia-SpLD-Trust, or the Trust, is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector. It acts as the important communication channel between government, leading dyslexia organisations, parents, schools, colleges, teachers and the sector. Helen Arkell is a member of the Dyslexia SpLD Trust.

Affiliated Professionals

Dr Gavin Reid

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Dr. Gavin Reid is an international independent educational psychologist with active consultancies in seven countries including the UK, Canada, Middle East and Switzerland. Gavin is an affiliated Educational Pscyhologist and Ambassador of Helen Arkell.


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The aim of DysGuise is to identify some of the challenges that people might come across in their learning, and to uncover the strengths that they can use to deal with these challenges.

Financial Support

Access to Work

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, to help you: start working, stay in work, move into self-employment or start a business.

Tel: 0345 268 8489

Student Finance DSA

As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

Tel: 0300 100 0607

Other Therapists

The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

Provides information and a contact point for members of the public searching for a private Speech and Language Therapist.

Therapy for Children

Children's Occupational Therapy.

Optical Support

Dyslexia Research Trust – John Stein Visual Clinic 

Stein is recognised as a world expert in this field and is regularly called upon to give his expertise and advice to academics, teachers, parents and the media.

Tel: 0118 958 5950

Institute of Optometry 

Tel: 020 7407 4183 

Owen Leigh Optometry

The Owen Leigh Optometry is dedicated to optometric vision therapy for dyslexia and the associated vision difficulties. 

Tel: 01730 710 174

The Eye Academy Opticians 

The Eye Academy focuses on the actual optical ability of children to observe information. Assessment and programmes of vision therapy which may include eye exercises, glasses and coloured overlays are provided for those with SpLD.

Legal Support

Civil Legal Advice (CLA)

You can get help with legal aid for:

  • Benefit appeals
  • Special educational needs
  • Discrimination issues

Tel: 0345 3454 345

Dyslexia and Technology Assistance

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Mike is an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant with over 28 years experience in the field of technology and disability. Mike is an ambassador for Helen Arkell.

Tel: 07976 879683

[email protected]

Celebrating Dyslexia

The Codpast

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The Codpast is a fresh and contemporary resource for students and adults with Dyslexia. Check out their videos, podcasts and articles. For up to the minute news and views.

Dyslexia Friendly Publishers

Barrington Stoke

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Barrington Stoke is an independent publisher dedicated to cracking reading. We know that every parent wants their child to become a reader, and every teacher wants their students to make the jump from learning to read to loving to read. Our books are commissioned, edited and designed to break down the barriers that can stop this happening, from dyslexia and visual stress to simple reluctance.

Dyslexia Friendly Churches –

A guide to help churches include dyslexic adults



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