Dyslexia Action is a national charity with over 40 years’ experience in providing services and support to children, young people and adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
We take action to change lives by:
- Supporting improvement in education provision;
- Providing direct support to individuals;
- Leading the agenda for change.
With your support, we want to achieve a world where those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties can reach their full potential.
Why we exist
Dyslexia affects approximately 10% of the UK population.
The social impact of dyslexia is extensive. If you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn and everything we do at school and throughout life requires us to have the skills to be able to access written information. Above and beyond the difficulties and barriers dyslexia presents, is the damage that low self-esteem can have, which is life-long.
But with the right help and support, literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties need not be a barrier to education, employment and fulfilment. Dyslexia Action exists to ensure that those affected get the help and support that they need.
The beginnings of Dyslexia Action date back to 1968 when a group of parents, including Kathleen Hickey and Beve Hornsby who formed the North Surrey Dyslexia Society, set up a working party, including Wendy Fisher, with the aim of establishing a Dyslexia Institute. In 1972 the Dyslexia Institute was founded with Kathleen Hickey as Director of Studies and Wendy Fisher as Executive Director. Beve Hornsby went on to found the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre.
From its small beginnings, the Dyslexia Institute grew into a national charity offering help and support in over 100 locations across Great Britain. In 2005, following a merger with the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, the name was then changed to Dyslexia Action. However, despite the name change, the passion and ambition to improve opportunities for those with dyslexia remains.