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50 Years of the British Dyslexia Association

Thursday 20 January 2022

This year we will be celebrating the huge milestone of 50 years since the founding of the British Dyslexia Association.

"In our 50th year we will begin to create a society which embraces the benefits dyslexic people bring by being their voice, breaking through the barriers and promoting action and awareness. Change society not people with dyslexia"

CEO Gillian Ashley

As our 50th Anniversary approaches we will be looking back to reflect on how the recognition and provisions for dyslexia have come a long way. The best methods to teach dyslexia children so they reach their potential are now known and hundreds of specialist teachers are trained every year.

The genetic link is understood and recognised by the majority, and we can identify dyslexia earlier. The reasonable adjustments needed by dyslexic people are now expected to be provided by law in the workplace and schools. We are so proud to have been part of these changes.

When we were first formed in 1972, many people were saying that dyslexia didn’t ‘exist’; now we run conferences with renowned speakers and delegates, producing new information, research and hundreds of training events each year. Over the past 50 years we have accredited the training for thousands of specialist teachers; the Helpline has supported hundreds of thousands of people affected by dyslexia, and many government policies and initiatives have been influenced.

Helpful Links:

Fundraising web page

2022 Events:
Gala Dinner celebrating 50 years of the BDA | June 10 | Twickenham Rugby Stadium
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Submit your Award Nomination

Helpline: Telephone 0333 405 4567: Email address:
Helpline web page

Case Studies - Real life stories from our dyslexia community
My Dyslexia Story

Helpful advice for Children, Adults, Educators and Employees
Advice web page

Our full range of services - Training courses, Assessments, Professional Accreditation and so much more.
Services web page

We are 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.

Click to read our Mission and Campaign areas