Founded in 1972, the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) is a charity which works with and for people affected by dyslexia, by providing information, offering appropriate support services, engaging in advocacy and raising awareness of dyslexia.
Our vision is a dyslexia friendly society where all people with dyslexia are enabled to fulfill their potential, where every child and adult with dyslexia has access to appropriate identification and support to achieve their full potential in education, training, employment and all aspects of life.
DAI is a membership based Association currently representing over 1,500 families and individuals all over Ireland. Its membership also includes teachers, psychologists and other professionals. DAI currently has a nationwide network of 27 Workshops offering local community based services.
An information service is provided from the association’s national office. Information is available over the phone, email, online messaging, post and in person. DAI is also active online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Talks and webinars are delivered to help develop dyslexia awareness.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) has a team of educational psychologists who provide assessments for both dyslexia and dyscalculia at our national office in Dublin city centre. We work with children, young people and adults.
A range of different courses is available including courses for parents, primary teachers, second-level teachers, SNAs, teachers in FE and HE, and workplaces. Bespoke training is also available on request.
DAI runs a network of workshops delivering afterschool classes to children and young people with dyslexia across Ireland. A listing of tutors who offer private one-to-one tuition for both children and adults is also maintained for members. Short courses for students and adults are also offered.
DAI engages in advocacy work with government departments and agencies, and relevant organisations, to highlight the needs of people with dyslexia and advocating for changes to make Ireland a more dyslexia-friendly country.
DAI is a founder member of the European Dyslexia Association (www.eda-info.eu) which now has over twenty-five member countries. DAI is also a founder member of the Spectrum Alliance (www.spectrumalliance.ie), an Irish umbrella group for people with hidden learning difficulties. DAI is also a Global Partner of the International Dyslexia Association (www.dyslexiaida.org) and member of the British Dyslexia Association (www.bdadyslexia.org.uk). DAI is also a member of the Disability Federation of Ireland (www.disability-federation.ie) and the Wheel (www.wheel.ie).