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About the British Dyslexia Association

About the British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Our Vision
A world where people with dyslexia can flourish.

Our Mission
To change society by removing barriers so that everyone with dyslexia can reach their full potential in education, in employment and in life.

We raise awareness
We inform and educate to encourage inclusion and inspire change.

We promote understanding
We base our expertise on evidence and research, setting professional standards and influencing policy.

We empower people
As the leading national dyslexia charity, we speak out on behalf of the dyslexia community to champion a dyslexia-friendly society.

Our values

We work with our community and each other to continuously improve all that we do and the services we offer.

We are an inclusive organisation where everyone has a voice which is listened to and is valued for the unique skills they bring.

Team work
We collaborate and support each other in pursuit of our vision: we are strongest and most effective when we work together.

We embrace different thinking and encourage everyone to bring their ideas and initiatives, reflecting the diversity of the community we support.

Our Strategic Objectives

We will focus on the following five strategic objectives for the period 2023-2026:

  1. To promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge about dyslexia and related specific learning difficulties.
  2. To nurture and represent an engaged and informed community.
  3. To advocate for dyslexia-friendly change across society.
  4. To provide and model expert services.
  5. To build a sustainable organisation with demonstrable impact.

Our Activities

We deliver a broad range of support and services centred on the following themes:


  • We provide expert information and resources.
  • We set the standard for professional training.
  • We train specialist teachers and assessors.
  • We work with researchers to encourage learning and development in our field.
  • We demonstrate leadership in our sector.


  • We invite all communities to participate in our work.
  • We share knowledge and ideas, encouraging dialogue and discussion.
  • We consult regularly with our members to understand current issues and matter of concern.
  • We collaborate with other organisations to strengthen our approach.
  • We mobilise support for our campaign.


  • We listen to and represent the voice of our community to policymakers locally and nationally and advocate on their behalf.
  • We provide free information and guidance via our Helpline to inform and support the public.
  • We support individuals seeking assessments and adjustments.
  • We work with educators, employers and others to encourage inclusive practice.

Recent Annual Reports