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Dyslexia Friendly Awards

BDA Smart Award

Giving organisations a practical and cost-effective pathway to support dyslexic employees

Dyslexia is the single-largest neuro difference in the workplace. Every organisation will have dyslexics making a huge contribution but they are often under utilised, meaning they’re not achieving everything possible.

British Dyslexia Association’s Smart Award gives organisations keen to make their dyslexic colleagues feel valued and achieve their potential, a pathway that is practical, straightforward and cost effective. In recognition of an organisation's achievement of the Dyslexia Smart Award, the British Dyslexia Association will publicly recognise an organisation’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion, that shows dyslexic colleagues and customers they are valued and supported, and helps raise awareness and understanding among all in the organisation.

What is Smart Award?

Smart Award is designed to recognise and promote good practice for supporting the needs of dyslexic and neuro-diverse individuals.

Organisations complete six simple steps that lead to dyslexic employees and customers being better supported, and that raise awareness and understanding.

These include:

  • Awareness raising activity
  • Identifying a dyslexia lead in the organisation
  • Taking proactive steps to support employees with dyslexia who want support
  • Staying involved in the dyslexia community and keeping up to date with key developments

In recognition of their support for dyslexia, organisations receive:

  • Use of the Smart Award logo that can be displayed on communications and publications
  • Organisational membership of the British Dyslexia Association with associated benefits
  • Inclusion on the British Dyslexia Association’s website
  • 5 x free licenses to an online training module
  • Free digital copies of the Employers Code of Practice and the report Showcasing the ND Workplace

By undertaking Smart Award, your organisation will be recognised as a company that truly values the difference and the diversity of individuals.

Find out more

To enquire about taking part in Smart Award, please contact

What organisations who have achieved the Smart Award have to say...

Elizabeth Takyi, CEO, A2i Dyslexia

“A2i Dyslexia was very honoured to have received the British Dyslexia Smart Award. Elizabeth Takyi, the founder of A2i Dyslexia, was diagnosed with dyslexia, dysculicalia, dyspraxia and ireln syndrome in her adulthood. Receiving the BDA Smart Award was the icing on the cake to encourage other dyslexics to believe that they can go on and achieve amazing things in life and make a change. We want to thank CEO Helen Boden for believing in the work we do and thank the team at BDA for the recognition.”

Emily Lightfoot, Exchequer Accountancy

“Exchequer Accountancy are delighted to have achieved the Smart Award. We can’t wait to continue working with the BDA to ensure the way we work with our clients is accessible to everyone. It’s a great initiative and we would encourage other companies to take part.”

Jessica Craker, CMO, EdPlace

“Receiving our award is a huge privilege for us. As a whole company, we really immersed ourselves into the topics of the award, meeting together once a week to have some protected time to go through the specification. Having the security of a trusted team and the dedicated time to explore sometimes difficult subjects, helped us submerge ourselves into the difficulties that some with dyslexia face at work."