Dyslecsia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

How We Started

Our founder was the late Michael Davies, who lived near Cardigan. During his teaching career he became concerned about the number of apparently bright young children who were not achieving in the school system and as a result were becoming rapidly disillusioned with school and education. He therefore undertook a dyslexia training course at Aberystwyth University in the early 90’s and became SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in a Welsh medium primary school in south Wales. Here he was able to make a difference to children’s lives but still found that despite his best efforts he was only reaching and changing the lives of a few.

Michael discovered that there were grants available which potentially could be used for the betterment of the lives of dyslexic individuals and in 2001, with a group of colleagues and acquaintances, he set up a small charity called Prosiect Dyslecsia Cymru or the Welsh Dyslexia Project. This charity was able to apply for funds for conferences to bring quality speakers and information about dyslexia to all parts of Wales for teachers, parents, care assistants and many dyslexics themselves. It was also able to source funds for the development of educational resources, such as the talking word processor Edgair, and for activity holidays for dyslexic children. In addition to helping those of school age, Michael further developed Prosiect Dyslecsia Cymru to obtain grants for the training of workplace assessors in Wales.

In 2005 an office was established in Cardigan. A coordinator was appointed to set up and manage a bilingual telephone helpline. These developments allowed for expansion and the project began to offer inservice training to groups such as Ceredigion Social Services, Communities First Swansea, Wales TUC and many others.

In 2010 our name was changed to Dyslecsia Cymru/ Wales Dyslexia and we entered into partnership with University of Wales Trinity St David, where now operate from an office on the Carmarthen Campus.