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What is the British Dyslexia Association?
by Judith Stansfield
a BDA volunteer on the Computer Committee
The BDA is an information organisation set up to support those with Dyslexia and their families, supporters and carers.
The mission statement is:
‘To create a dyslexia-friendly society so that all dyslexic people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential’
The BDA has 89 local associations where a group of local people provide help. They organise talks and meetings on coping with dyslexia and related matters to support people near their homes.
They also have 134 supporting corporate members who have business interests related to providing services, books, software, schooling and research into dyslexia.
They have a register of schools which provide a variety of support for dyslexic pupils.
There are 2 special interest groups that are manned by expert volunteers:
BDA Computer Committee - reviewing hardware and software solutions, producing related booklets and organising seminars and workshops at conferences, both nationally and locally
BDA Music Committee
At least half of the membership of these committees are dyslexic people.
The National Office is in Reading. There are full-time, part-time and volunteer workers based there. Most of them have a personal interest in dyslexia, either because they are dyslexic themselves or have a relative who is dyslexic.
Their work involves:
finding and updating information for their website www.bda-dyslexia.org.uk
running a telephone HELPLINE 0118 966 8271
running a web-based HELPLINE firstname.lastname@example.org
contributing to an email forum for representatives from the Local Associations
raising funds to support initiatives - currently :
- to improve the environment for provision in schools
'Dyslexia Friendly Schools'
- to improve support in the workplace
– improving support given to dyslexic young people in the CJS.
‘Young People in the Criminal Justice System’
producing CONTACT - an information magazine that comes out 3 times a year
producing a range of information books and booklets - some in electronic format on the web
supporting the BEFRIENDING service to help dyslexics and their families get the right services for their children
organising / supporting a range of conferences and family days to help share and disseminate good practice and research
lobbying government and other providers on issues that affect dyslexic people
producing the Dyslexia Handbook – a comprehensive guide updated annually
For more detailed information of the range of BDA provision,
This item was written by Judith Stansfield a BDA volunteer on the Computer Committee
This article was received on 11th March 2004.
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