Australian Dyslexia Association Inc - Solutions for Those that Learn Differently

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What is Dyslexia?

Australian Dyslexia Association

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Australian Dyslexia Association

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Mission Statement

The Australian Dyslexia Association Inc. (ADA) is an incorporated non-profit, registered national Australian body concerned with the well being, identification and educational intervention 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 

Start HereAustralia Wide for Members: The ADA pre assessment service is highly recommended by the ADA Assessment Board as a starting point. This service is exclusive to the ADA and is available to paid members and is just one of the many benefits of joining ADA. The pre assessment service is affordable and accessible to all regardless of socio-economic status. Click here for further information on the ADA Pre Assessment Screening. Should a full dyslexia assessment and professional report be required click here.

2014 MSL Orton Gillingham Accredited Training Post Graduate Courses: Click here for 2014 dates
Application is via registration please email the ADA's accredited training provider Institute for Multisensory Language Education Australia for further information and application forms. International attendees are welcome. Email:

ADA Dyslexia Awareness Channel is on YouTube: NEW Channel 7 ADA Interview and ADA Teens and Dyslexia Short Film over 9,000 views.


Dyslexia is a language based difference it cannot be identified through behavioural/optometrist visual tests or audiologists reports nor can it be treated through isolated visual or ear exercises or lenses. Read this

ADA aim to promote a positive construct of dyslexia:                                                 Famous People with dyslexia

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. This has been well researched and documented since 2006 Read. 28th Sept 2011 Supporting scientific research on why Psychometric tests IQ tests (WISC IV) are not required for dyslexia identification ReadRobert 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)

Caution on dyslexia:

Do not get caught with a pile of separate tests that the school won't understand. Seek specialist advice from the ADA who specialise in working and providing dyslexia reports and advice for Australian Education Authorities both government and private. ADA also warn against "businesses" charging inexcessive amounts for "screeners" and offering non-phonetic approaches as the treatment. Macquarie University and other reputable reading researchers have contacted ADA in regards to this and ADA are doing their best to inform parents and schools.

Sound Advice: Often parents are bombarded with websites that present their own interpretation of dyslexia geared at selling their product. Dyslexia is language based and 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 to acquire the required skills (that dyslexia impedes upon) but it is possible. With an understanding of evidence based practices, current reading research in science, linguistics and education a well trained teacher or educator can begin to identiy dyslexia and assess the areas required for instruction so that teaching can commence as soon as possible.

ADA continues to provide services for: Sectors of the Australian Government, Universities, Schools, Print and Social Media, Workplace Employment Agencies and Private Colleges.