Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Many of the dyslexic people across the UK, whether adults or children, are unable to fulfil their potential as a large percentage of the population still do not understand what dyslexia is, the difficulties which the condition presents and do not know how best to support them. Dyslexia is not an obvious difficulty; it is hidden. As a result, dyslexic people have to overcome numerous barriers to make a full contribution to society.
The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. As an umbrella organisation, the BDA want dyslexic people to view the BDA as the organisation that best represents them. So the work of the BDA aims to reflect the values that dyslexic people hold dear.
The BDA has three campaign areas:
- To encourage schools to work towards becoming dyslexia-friendly.
- To reduce the number of dyslexic young people in the criminal justice system.
- To enable dyslexic people to achieve their potential in the workplace.
We will listen to, and act upon, the needs of dyslexic people. We will foster a feeling of togetherness for all of our membership and respect for dyslexic people, volunteers and staff.
Our priorities include regional development, to support the growth of grassroots local dyslexia associations. We also want to grow the befriending network. Finally, we continue to develop dyslexia-friendly practice within the BDA and build a culture of total equality.
For more information please visit our website where you will find helpful guides, details bout screening, useful links and training resources. There are also sections for Parents, Employers and sufferers of the conditions.