Supporting children and adults with dyslexia since 1971
Today Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity is one of the leading specialist centres in the UK, not only directly supporting people with dyslexia, but training the dyslexia specialists and teachers of tomorrow.
The story of our founder Helen Arkell, who sadly passed away in August 2019, and indeed the story of dyslexia support and provision in the UK, is one of a fascinating struggle against prejudice and ignorance that changed the perception of educationalists, the medical profession, and administrators alike.
However, despite our achievements and pre-eminent position in education, the fact we are still dependent on charitable donations rather than public funding suggests dyslexia (and the value dyslexic people bring to society and economy alike) has some way to go to become ‘mainstream’ and accepted.
The story of Helen Arkell
Helen Arkell overcame her own dyslexia to become an inspirational figure for many who felt the benefit of her support, advice and expertise. Children who were chronically dyslexic but successful in adulthood give her the credit for changing their lives.