The Australian Dyslexia Association Inc. (ADA) is concerned with the well being,identification and educational treatment of those with dyslexia. The ADA believes that all individuals with dyslexia or a related difference deserve the right to understand their learning difference and receive appropriate instruction which can enable them to learn and succeed. Out of Interest
Research From the University of British Columbia,Vancouver Psychometric IQ (WISC) assessments and discrepancy are not required for the identification of dyslexia or related differences documented since 2006 Read.
NEWS: Dyslexia is not related to a psychometric IQ test
28th Sept 2011 Supporting scientific research on why Psychometric tests IQ tests (WISC IV) are not required for dyslexia identification Read.
Robert J Sternberg PhD: "I define [intelligence] as your skill in achieving whatever it is you want to attain in your life within your sociocultural context,by capitalizing on your strengths and compensating for, or correcting, your weaknesses" ( Personal Communication, July 29, 2004)
NEW MSL Accredited Training 2013 dates released: Melbourne 18th-22nd March: Filled and 8th-12th July,Sydney 1st-5th July, Gold Coast 24th-28th June Application registration process required prior to enrolment acceptance. Email: email@example.com
ADA September Breakthrough and Media release (QLD): The first ADA Accredited Dyslexia Friendly school in Australia: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2012/08/28/local-school-tackles-dyslexia/
The ADA Dyslexia Friendly Schools [DFS] Initiative and Accrediation Program is home grown and open to all schools who have an identified need. The ADA DFS program promotes an inclusive education for all children, including those with dyslexia or a related difference. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADA September ABCNews:http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/09/14/3590216.htm
ADA August Dyslexia ABCNews: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-11/dyslexia-campaign/4192774?section=act
Great Results for dyslexic students (International): http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2012/08/24/gcse-success-for-students-at-lichfield-dyslexia-school/
JULY 2012 NEW:Famous People with dyslexia
ADA continues to provide services for: Sectors of the Australian Government, Universities, Schools, Print and Social Media, Workplace Employment Agencies and Private Colleges.
ADA Supported Parent and Teacher Groups:
Gold Coast Dyslexia Support Group~ Contact Tanya Forbes, Email:email@example.com
Dyslexia Support Group for Canberra~ Contact Jen Cross, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADA Proactive News and Notices: Can also be accessed from the left menu
Macquarie University Research into Auditory Processing/Hearing looking for participants Click here for the flyer
Dyslexia News (VIC)-Victorian Department of Education & Early Childhood Development release Teacher and Parent guide.
NSW DEC have an on-line dyslexia awareness course for NSW teachers, the same on-line course will be accessible to all other States and Territories. Reference: DEEWR
NEW Victorian Education Department Release ABLES. A resource central to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and additional learning needs http://www.education.vic.gov.au/healthwellbeing/wellbeing/ables.htm
NEWS: "Purple for Dyslexia Day" Blakebrook Public School,NSW raise dyslexia awareness to raise funds for the ADA's Project Camp Success Read Contact ADA to discuss or promote your school having a Dyslexia Purple Day!NSW Department of Education Announcement: School funding for teacher training DYSLEXIA included. Inform your child's school today about ADA accredited teacher training. Read ADA pdf or Read on-line http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/48m-to-train-teachers-of-disabled-students-20120124-1qfst.html
READ Overcoming Dyslexia an Australian Story: http://uninews.cqu.edu.au/UniNews/viewStory.do?story=8947
ADA International: International Dyslexia Association 2013 Conference- New Orleans 6-9 November
The Australian Dyslexia Association Inc. (ADA) is a professional association founded by post graduate teachers and speech/language pathologists trained in the Orton Gillingham MSL pedagogical approach.The ADA is an Australian Registrable body and operates nationally.The ADA does not support or endorse any one method or program but supports direct,explicit,systematic and multisensory teaching approaches for individuals with dyslexia or a related difference.Since "dyslexia" draws no government funding, the ADA relies on memberships ,PD workshops and kind donations to meet the association's Vital Aims.
NEW: ADA Dyslexia Awareness Channel on YouTube:http://youtu.be/EaR70gTHOnY
SOUND ADVICE: Often parents are bombarded with websites that present their own interpretation of dyslexia geared at selling their product. Dyslexia is lifelong and cannot be cured but it can be treated, the treatment needs to be educational and centre on teaching the skills required for reading,spelling and writing and the way each child's brain can process, retain and re-use those skills when required. A child with dyslexia will take a lot longer but it is possible. With an understanding of current research in science, linguistics and education a well trained teacher or educator can begin to assess the areas required for instruction over a diagnosis so that teaching can commence as soon as possible.
Bond University Students undertake a survey in collaboration with the ADA~ The aim is to promote an awareness and understanding of dyslexia in tertiary education
Ohio Dyslexia Legislation passed http://www.interdys.org/hb157.htm
Film: ADA are looking for film students interested in raising dyslexia awareness~
Media Release: Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Dyslexia Association http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/after-kate-and-pippa--another-middleton-does-rather-nicely-20110512-1ejug.html
ADA Members Newsletter to be emailed mid March 2013-
ADA welcomes all new open members including Allied Professional Open Members for 2013
Free ADA Initial dyslexia profiling for all ADA open members~ ensuring the best practices in the identification of a dyslexia profile: email@example.com
The ADA actively promotes the need for a change in policy and practice for those with dyslexia in Australia. The ADA advocate and communicate with State and Federal government departments in relation to the ADA's vital aims.Learn more about what you can do to help ADA make a difference.With your support we can help move Australia forward. Help us to create dyslexia friendly schools,educational centres and workplaces by becoming informed about dyslexia today. firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Talking Book Library Service Australia Wide http://www.guidedogswa.org/
Australian Professional and Community News Alerts: The ADA has been informed by members of the community that a similar named Dyslexia Association in Brisbane is falsely stating that they are a Recognised Australian Authority and the "Peak Body" and calling themselves"The Dyslexia Association" located in South Rochedale QLD. An ADA professional member has reported that they are the same business as "Dyslexia Australia" .It has been reported to the ADA that they are activists of the Davis Method and the founder is a Davis trained facilitator but for one reason or another is not stating this information and the name of their "treatment" on their website.They are not affiliated with the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA).Be wary that this group is claiming that language /linguistic based approaches do not work for dyslexia -this is NOT true. The ADA supports current professional scientific and educational research on dyslexia including peer reviewed journals which conclude that a balanced approach in phonology (awareness of sounds) and sight words (visual attention) are required in order to learn to read and spell.The ADA supports credible professional Associations that are formed for the well being of the community, but will not support groups which try to ride off another association's back,commercialise or mislead with non peer reviewed research and use a similar name/URL or compete. ADA supports Yale University's scientific evidence and findings: http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/brain.shtml
Latest research findings on dyslexia and IQ tests (Psychometric assessment): Until recently, an intelligence test (psychometric assessment) was considered to be a necessary part of the evaluation because the diagnosis of a learning disability including dyslexia was based on finding a significant difference between IQ and reading skill. Poor achievement despite average or better intelligence was considered in the past a key indicator. Current regulations form the US no longer require that such a discrepancy be present when making a diagnosis. This change in the US regulations came about because many studies have shown that intelligence is not the best predictor of how easily a student will develop written language (reading and spelling) skills. Instead, oral language abilities (listening and speaking) are considered the best predictors of reading and spelling. Ref IDA. If you are a parent concerned whether your child is "at risk" please contact ADA for the latest research based findings. When too much irrelevant testing leads to no identification and no effective research based educational treatment: Learn more email@example.com