The ADA Professional Memberships 

The ADA is a professional organisation that offers educational and allied professional memberships to suitable individuals, schools and organisations who are dedicated to learning more about the field of language and literacy. Professional members who can evidence additional specialist training in a structured language approach may also have the opportunity to be included in the ADA directory. Approvals are at the discretion of the ADA Advisory Team and Council.

Why professionals and schools might consider joining the ADA as professional members:

1. To begin learning about dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Those who are qualified educators and or allied professionals but who do not currently have specialist training and want to learn about dyslexia and similar challenges are welcome. Other interests may include learning more about ADA’s training networks and the accreditation process involved in becoming an Accredited Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (AMADA), an ADA Aware School and/or an ADA Approved School.

2. To develop their knowledge of dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia and to build their understanding of how they can further improve the language and literacy outcomes for all students: especially those with dyslexia. The ADA hopes to bridge the gap that exists between educational practice and scientific research.

3. To qualify for a listing in the ADA directory. The ADA directory aims to connect suitably trained and qualified ADA professional members with individuals who are looking for specialist dyslexia services. Members who have a directory listing must be suitably qualified and trained professionals. Approval is at the discretion of the ADA Advisory Team and Council.

4. To apply for the title of AMADA (Accredited Member of the ADA). AMADA’s are practitioners who have successfully completed all components of the IMSLE Associate Course. The ADA will also consider educators and practitioners who have met the same membership requirements from AOGPE, CALTA, IMSLEC and AMBDA. ADA will not be able to accredit those who have only undertaken MSL or OG training (45 to 70 hours), even if they have an Associate OG certificate, that is only one part of meeting accreditation. The ADA requires proof that all 3 components of OG (AOGPE) have been successfully completed and that the associated membership with AOGPE has been approved.

Why doesn’t the ADA provide family or individual memberships?

The ADA is dedicated to providing free access to all information that will help families and individuals in need. If you are a parent, teen or adult who requires specific information or advice that is not covered on this website, please email us with your personal enquiry or concern. Contact ADA enquiries: click

What if I am a professional qualified in another field and I have an interest in ADA professional membership? Please contact ADA enquiries so that we can discuss your interest area and how we may be able to assist further. Contact ADA enquiries: click

Professional Memberships are for qualified teachers, teacher aides and allied health professionals, schools and organisations. These memberships include access to the professional’s member’s area and the opportunity to have a listing in the ADA Directory. All ADA professional members must posses the necessary formal qualifications and specialist training to be included on the ADA listing directory. The decision to have a listing approved is at the discretion of the ADA Advisory Team and Council.

Educational Members:

Suitable for those who are Educational professionals, namely teachers, tutors and teacher aides who have an interest in dyslexia and related information. Also for those who have specialist training in an evidence-based approach.

Allied Members:

Suitable for those who are Allied Health professionals, namely Speech therapists, Psychologists, Occupational therapists who have an interest in dyslexia and related information. Includes those who have specialist training in an evidence-based approach.

Schools and Organisations:

Suitable for interested schools who wish to learn more or for schools who wish to work towards ADA approval who have minimum one AMADA on staff. Organisations who also wish to learn more are welcome to join, this includes international dyslexia organisations and similar.

Related ADA Professional Members: 

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MSL Trainee Membership:

Suitable for those who have completed the MSL intensive training and are working on the other accredited components to complete the MSL course. Please note this membership is only available in the year that you are training and this membership will assist you with a directory listing to be connected with individuals who will gladly take your services whilst training in MSL.

AMADA Membership:

AMADA stands for ADA Associate Membership, this is an ADA accredited membership. These members have successfully completed a training course in Multisensory Structured Language Education (Associate MSL Course). Or they are already members who have met the same training curricula requirements set out for the AMADA membership from AOGPE (USA), CALTA, AMBDA (UK) or similar. An ADA directory listing is available under AMADA membership at the discretion of the ADA Advisory Team and Council.

Notes on School Membership:

For schools who are interested in learning more about identification and educational assistance. All schools are welcome to join and ADA encourage schools to join who have at least one AMADA on staff to become and ADA approved school. An ADA approved school has received ADA approved training and is utilising evidence based identification and instructional practices to assist all students in their school. In particular the ADA approach of training and school support emphasises early, early, early prevention of language and literacy difficulties. Evidence based instruction can be delivered whole class *early by a skilled and trained teacher (AMADA). When instruction is evidenced based it is said to include all distinct features approved by the National Reading Panel for effective instruction. 

ADA supports a whole school approach for assisting all children across the year levels of schooling. ADA acknowledges that the earlier a school intervenes with evidenced based practices delivered by a skilled (AMADA) the better the long term outcomes are for all children in regards to language and literacy learning.

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