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A joint association of the British Dyslexia Association; Dyslexia Action; Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre; PATOSS; Springboard and xtraordinay people.

The British Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia on line magazine-interesting use of colour on the home page to illustrate impact on reading

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

There are many definitions of Dyslexia so we include a few of the most authoritative here:

From the British Dyslexia Association site.  Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty which mainly affects the development of literacy and language related skills. It is likely to be present at birth and to be lifelong in its effects. It is characterised by difficulties with phonological processing, rapid naming, working memory, processing speed, and the automatic development of skills that may not match up to an individual’s other cognitive abilities


From the Rose report June 2009● Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the

skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. ●Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal  processing speed.

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.and It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category;there are no clear cut-off points.


The World Health Organisation (1968) "A disorder manifested by difficulty learning to read, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity. It is dependent upon fundamental cognitive disabilities which are frequently of constitutional origin.