St Helens Dyslexia Association (SHADDA)
is Registered Charity No: 702042
Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 is 1 to 9 October
This years’ focus is “Identification of Dyslexia”
“Up to 22m Britons have un-diagnosed dyslexia.” “Only 5.8% of adults are aware they have dyslexia.”, “While methods of diagnosing dyslexia at an early age have improved significantly, millions are struggling with learning problems in their forties and fifties or into retirement.” – The Telegraph
Many people found learning difficult while at school and have been frustrated by their failure to achieve. Identification is very important for self-esteem but also for employers (and schools, colleges and universities) who need to know so assistance can be given and adjustments made where necessary.
Once identified, there are many, often quite simple, ways by which barriers can be overcome so people can begin to identify their strengths and achieve their potential.
During Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016, the St Helens and District Dyslexia Association (SHADDA) is offering to screen adults who think they may be dyslexic. Our expert HelpLiners will be using computerised screening programs to help identify adults who show signs of dyslexia. A results print-out will be provided together with with advice on suggested next steps and a folder to help gather and record information.
Every day for the whole of Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016, SHADDA will be at The Millennium Centre, Corporation Street, St Helens. WA10 1HJ. We will be offering appointments, lasting about an hour, both daytime and evening, including weekdays and weekends. Our priority during Dyslexia Awareness Week will be to screen as many adults as possible who have never been identified but we may have some appointments available for children and young people about whom there is concern.
To make an appointment call and leave a message on 0844 884 9725 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know your name, phone number and preferred day and/or time. We will reply as soon as possible offering you an appointment time. You should try to bring letters, reports and any other records which mention any past or present difficulties or any consequences, help or adjustments made, or asked for. (Do ask someone to help you write down your experiences!)
In order to participate, membership of the St Helens Dyslexia Association (SHADDA) is necessary. This can be arranged on the day, or before, for only £15.00 per family. (Concessionary rates are available.)
If you have a child or young person who you think is dyslexic please contact us as above. We may be able to offer some appointments for children during Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016.
We also hold “Drop-In” meetings, at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month, at which our HelpLiners can discuss the concerns of parents, young people and adults and provide information and suggestions for “Next Steps”.
Call and leave a message for our HelpLine team on 0844 884 9725.
The St Helens and District Dyslexia Association is a Member of The British Dyslexia Association (BDA), which has other local groups throughout England and Wales.
The BDA web site at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk contains a wealth of information and advice. Please do have a look at the “Frequently Asked Questions” which have been written by the BDA’s HelpLine team.
The National HelpLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on 0333 405 4567 from 10am to 1pm. You can leave a message on the SHADDA Helpline at any time.
SHADDA, the St Helens and District Dyslexia Association, offers help to dyslexics, their families, teachers and employers within St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Halton, Knowsley and West Lancashire. Membership is £15.00 per year which includes membership of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), copies of Dyslexia Contact magazine and discounts on events and books.
Mrs. Lyn Morris, Secretary of St Helens & District Dyslexia Association,
92 Heath Street, St Helens. WA9 5NJ