Here’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 [N]
Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
Tel: 01344 381564
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.
- British Dyslexia Association [N]
Unit 8, Bracknell Beeches
Old Bracknell Lane
Tel: 0845 251 9002 [Helpline]
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 [N]
Tel: 01784 222 300
Dyslexia Action aims to remove barriers and provide help and support to those with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia.
- PATOSS [N] [The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties]
South Worcestershire College
Tel: 01386 712 650
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 [N]
Tel: 0844 561 7977
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]
112 Station Road
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 [N]
8 West Alley
Tel: 01462 454 986 [Helpline]
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 [N]
393 City Road
Tel: 0808 800 4104 [Helpline]
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.
- AFASIC: Association for All Speech Impaired Children [N]
20 Bowling Green Lane
Tel: 020 7490 9410 or UK Helpline: 0845 3 55 55 77
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 [N]
1 Royal Street
Tel: 020 7261 9572 or Helpline: 080 8808 9572
Speakability is the national charity dedicated to supporting and empowering people with Aphasia and their carers.
- The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists [RCSLT] [N]
2 White Hart Yard
Tel: 020 7378 1200
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]
Tel: 01494 488 306
ASLTIP has two main functions:  To provide information on independent Speech and Language Therapy throughout the United Kingdom;  to support Speech and Language Therapists in independent practice.
- Education Otherwise [N]
PO Box 3761
Tel: 0845 478 6345
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: The National Association for Special Educational Needs [N]
Tel: 01827 311 500
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.
- National Handwriting Association [N]
2 Moths Grace
Tel: 01256 464 598
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 Council [ISC] [N]
St Vincent House
30 Orange Street
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.
- CaF Directory of Specific Conditions & Rare Syndromes in Children [N]
Tel: 020 7608 8700 or helpline 0808 808 3555
- Royal Air Force Learning Forces [N]
University Liaison Officer
Room 227, Trenchard Hall
Tel: 01400 266 888
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]
Tel: 0800 018 4016 [Helpline]
IPSEA is national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs.