The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) was founded in 1972. It is a company, limited by guarantee, a voluntary organisation with charitable status. It aims to promote awareness of Specific Learning Disability (SLD/Dyslexia) and to serve the needs of people with this difficulty.
The DAI lobbies for the provision of appropriate services by the state to all people with dyslexia. It provides a free information service to the public. Services offered include: psycho-educational assessment of children and adults, group and individual specialised tuition, teachers' courses, summer schools, speakers for schools and parents groups.
The DAI has thirty nine branches to date. Branches act as parent support groups in local areas, provide information and run out-of-school facilities (Workshops) for children. Membership of the Association is open to anyone concerned with promoting the treatment and prevention of the problems of Specific Learning Disability/Dyslexia.
The Association lobbies for the provision of appropriate services by the state to all dyslexic people. It also provides:
An information service to the public.
Psycho-educational assessment of children and adults.
The Association accepts referrals from parents, teachers, doctors and psychologists, and will arrange testing for anyone with a Specific Learning Disability.
Group and individual tuition to children and adults.
Specialised help is offered to pupils aged 7-18 in various centres around the country.
The Association maintains a countrywide list of specialist teachers/tutors who are willing to give private one-to-one tuition.
Non-residential summer schools are held each July offering literacy, language and mathematical development within a summer camp setting.
The association also sponsors a full-time course for unemployed adults with dyslexia. This course is administered by FÁS.
In-service courses for teachers.
DAI offers in-service courses for qualified teachers on many aspects of SLD/Dyslexia.
Speakers to school and parent groups.
The Association also offers courses and talks for parents on how to help and support their dyslexic children. These are generally run in conjunction with local branches.
Seminars and conferences on relevant topics.
The Association, through it's Educational Consultant, evaluates new information and teaching methods for the remediation of Specific Learning Difficulty. It keeps in touch with government departments, politicians and relevant professional bodies and educational organisations.
The Association is a national source of information on Specific Learning Disabilities. Parents and professionals are available to speak to any group about all aspects of Specific Learning Disability. Information and literature is available from the national office.
Association for Children and Adults with Learning