Organisations & Contacts

support_1Here’s a useful list of some of the main organisations involved in advising and supporting those with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, together with contact details for other related organisations that may be useful.

The name of each organisation has been appended with either an [N] if it provides services nationally, or [L] if it a local or regional organisation serving the Lincolnshire or surrounding area. Organisations with both a national and local presence will be listed twice, with the [N] and [L] flags shown against the head office and local contact details respectively.

If you are are aware of, or represent, any organisation – national or local to Lincolnshire – that is not listed here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to add you to the site.

General Dyslexia Information/Advice

The Dyslexia-SpLD-Trust is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations, led by the British Dyslexia Association with funding from the Department for Education, to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector. It acts as a communication channel between government, leading dyslexia organisations, parents, schools, colleges, teachers and the sector.

The British Dyslexia Association [BDA] campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential. It is the voice of dyslexic people; it listens to their views, represents their agendas and presses for long lasting sustainable change.

Dyslexia Action aims to remove barriers and provide help and support to those with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.

PATOSS, the Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2012. It provides members with a range of services to help them in their day-to-day work, as well as representing the interests of teachers and students in matters that affect individuals with SpLD.

Xtraordinary People is a charitable initiative supported by leading dyslexia charities and famous dyslexics alike. ‘Changing the face of dyslexia’ means highlighting dyslexic children’s talents and strengths, campaigning for teachers to be trained to recognise and support dyslexic children’s abilities and difficulties.

Dyslexia Lincs is a key dyslexia and related SpLD site for Lincolnshire, providing information and resources for young people, their parents, and teaching professionals. The service provision arm of Dyslexia Lincs also provides diagnostic assessments and specialist tuition for primary and secondary age students in the Lincoln area.

Other Specific Learning Difficulties

ADD/ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity

  • ADDISS: The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service [N]
    Premier House
    112 Station Road
    HA8 7BJ
    Tel: 020 8952 2800

ADDISS provides information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance – parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals. Whatever you’re looking for regarding ADHD, ADDISS will do it’s best to help.


The Dyspraxia Foundation seeks every opportunity to increase understanding of Dyspraxia, particularly among professionals in health and education and encourages its local groups to do the same.


The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism [including Asperger’s Syndrome] and their families. It provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people with autism.

Dysphasia [Aphasia]

It can be hard for parents who are worried about their child’s speech, language or communication development to find the help, information and support they need. AFASIC can help, providing downloads, publications, local groups, online forum, programme of training and conferences, activities for young people and national helpline.

Speakability is the national charity dedicated to supporting and empowering people with Aphasia and their carers.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists was established in 1945 to promote the art and science of speech and language therapy – the care of individuals with communication, swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties. The RCSLT is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, facilitating and promoting research into the field of speech and language therapy, promote better education and training of speech and language therapists and providing information about speech and language therapy.

  • The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice [ASLTIP] [N]
    Coleheath Bottom
    Princes Risborough
    HP27 0SZ
    Tel: 01494 488 306

ASLTIP has two main functions: [1] To provide information on independent Speech and Language Therapy throughout the United Kingdom; [2] to support Speech and Language Therapists in independent practice.

Home Education

Education Otherwise is a membership-based organisation that provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.

Special Educational Needs

Nasen is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs. Mainly for those working in education.


The National Handwriting Association is a charity whose aims are to raise awareness of the importance of handwriting as a vital component of literacy, to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to support those who work with children with handwriting difficulties.

Independent Schools

  • Independent Schools Council [ISC] [N]
    St Vincent House
    30 Orange Street
    WC2H 7HH
    Tel: 020 7766 7070

The ISC brings eight independent school associations together to represent over 1,200 independent schools. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than 500,000 children. ISC provide research, legal, regulatory and press services to ISC schools.


The Royal Air Force Learning Forces website is dedicated to helping members of the Royal Air Force, their families and MOD employed personnel realise their full potential through Lifelong Learning, but anyone else is welcome to benefit from using it.

The Arts Dyslexia Trust is a charity focusing on the visual-spatial abilities as demonstrated in the work of talented dyslexics.

  • IPSEA [Independent Parental Special Education Advice] [N]
    Hunters Court
    Debden Road
    Saffron Walden
    CB11 4AA
    Tel: 0800 018 4016 [Helpline]

IPSEA is national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs.