Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change the lives of people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. DA wants a world where barriers to learning, employment and fulfilment have been removed for people with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. They operate from their Head Office in Egham, Surrey and have a network of 25 regional centres and 97 teaching locations throughout the UK. HRH the Countess of Wessex has been a Patron of Dyslexia Action since 2003.
Dyslexia is a hidden disability that affects approximately 10% of the population to varying degrees. It doesn’t affect intelligence but predominately causes difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. However, it is much more than just a difficulty with reading and can affect an individual in many other ways such as organisation, memory and / or mathematics.
But with the correct help and support dyslexia and literacy difficulties need not be a barrier to education, employment and fulfilment. Dyslexia Action exists to ensure all those affected by such hidden disabilities get the help and support that they need.
|HRH visiting Oasis Academy John Williams in October 2012 – click on pic to read the article at Oasis Academy Site|
The beginnings of Dyslexia Action date back to 1968 when a group of parents, including Kathleen Hickey and Bev Hornsby who formed the North Surrey Dyslexia Society, set up a working party, including Wendy Fisher, with the aim of establishing a Dyslexia Institute. In 1972 the Dyslexia Institute was founded with Miss Hickey as Director of Studies and Mrs Fisher as Executive Director. Beve Hornsby went on to found the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre. In 2005, following a merger with the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, they changed their name to Dyslexia Action.
Oasis Academy John Williams (visited by HRH in 2012) works in partnership with the charity, Dyslexia Action to deliver the learning support programme called Partnership for Literacy (P4L) which supports students with dyslexia at the Academy.