Henry Smith MP becomes Vice President

Henry Smith MP becomes Vice President,
supporting the 1 in 10 who are delightfully dyslexic

The British Dyslexic Association is pleased to announce Henry Smith MP as another highly-valued Vice President. Having previously talked openly and honestly about his own dyslexia, Henry Smith MP is taking this opportunity to raise awareness and ensure others can appreciate the positives, as well as the challenges, of being dyslexic.

The charity has a strong cross-party presence at government level with Henry Smith MP supporting the charity alongside fellow Vice President, Sharon Hodgson MP, and President, Lord Addington. This support shows the commitment of everyone involved to raise awareness of dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions and campaign for a dyslexia-friendly society for all.

After Henry Smith MP met with Helen Boden, BDA Chief Executive, he tweeted:

‘Pleased to meet with the Chief Executive of @BDAdyslexia in Parliament and delighted to become a Vice President of this important organisation which raises awareness as well as advocates for the one in ten people with dyslexia, including me.’

The British Dyslexia Association is the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties. Chaired by Sharon Hodgson MP, with Henry Smith, Lord Addington and Ian Liddell-Grainger as vice chairs, the group is committed to understanding learning difficulties, including dyslexia, across the UK and to keeping Government appraised of the situation in education and workplaces. The group, which meets at least three times per year, looks at what statutory and non-statutory bodies are achieving in this field.


Notes to editors

About the British Dyslexia Association (BDA):

  • The largest UK charity in the field of dyslexia
  • The BDA has been listening, supporting and empowering people since 1972
  • The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people, aiming to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential
  • The BDA offers key services to educators, employers, dyslexics and parents

President and vice presidents:

See a full list of BDA vice presidents.

Promoting neurodiversity in the workplace: Networking for success:

The next conference in the BDA diary is coming up later this month and will explore how individuals can celebrate and accentuate their neurodiverse talents and explore how those in the workplace can develop neurodiverse-friendly practices.

Expert speakers include:

Margaret Malpas, MBE, Vice-President of the BDA. and author of  “Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia: A Blueprint for Success”. Margaret will present on Networking for Success.

Katherine Hewlett from Achievability, presenting on Westminster Achievability Commission Report on Dyslexia and Recruitment.

Joanne Gregory, BDA Quality Mark Manager will present on The Dyslexia Friendly Workplace and the Dyslexia Smart Award for employers.

Aidan Ridyard: Successful and renowned Architect, Aidan will explore how his journey with dyslexia has evolved throughout his life and professional career.

Inspector Peter Phillips, Hampshire Police Dyslexia Wellbeing Project lead. ‘Dyslexia in policing…and beyond?’ will explore how and why Hampshire Police has implemented organisational change to support staff with dyslexia and the potential impact of that change.

Find out more details about the conference.

For further information about the BDA:

Liz Loly, Communications and Relationship Manager

Email:           lizl@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Mobile:         07458 033 935

Website:       www.bdadyslexia.org.uk