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About us The Northamptonshire & Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association (NBDA) is a registered charity, formed in 1985 by a group of concerned parents of dyslexic children, and teaching professionals who wanted to make a difference to the lives of local dyslexics. We are affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and still run entirely by a very small group of passionate volunteers, comprising of a mix of dyslexia specialists from education, and representation from parents and adult dyslexics. Although Northamptonshire based, with little or no provision in other areas, we also extend our services to: Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and surrounding districts. We receive no funding, and rely on the work of our volunteer Trustees, and membership fees (which barely cover the cost of the line rental for the helpline and maintenance of our website) to maintain our services. Occasional grants have enabled us to run specific projects such as the Dyslexia Conferences for Parents and Teachers, the DACT project for unemployed dyslexics, and the Parent Training Initiative (DyPSI) Why the community needs our charity Dyslexia and Neurodiverse Co-Occurring Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) affect 15% of the population. We support the needs of anyone with dyslexia and those connected with them; families, adults, educationalists, employers and organisations and Local Authorities. We aim to raise awareness of the issues and needs of those with SpLD, to enable all to participate fully in learning and work. We can provide local directories for fully qualified Dyslexia Specialist SpLD professionals for the provision of diagnostic assessments and/or private tuition for: adults, children, and HE students to support applications for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) Our wide range of services is not exhaustive, but our main focus has for many years been our free helpline and befriender support for dyslexic people of all ages with the provision of confidential information and guidance available for: Employers and Local Authorities, parents of children and young people, Adults and partners and friends of dyslexics, provided by our small team of professional helpline volunteers - all experts in their field. Other services include: • Access to Local Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) Tutors/Assessor Directory. • Information on a wide range of topics to do with dyslexia and co-occurring SpLD. • Dyslexia Awareness training workshops for: Employers. Schools, Teachers/TAs and Governors, and Parents. • Our members have the benefit of Joint membership with the British Dyslexia Association Northamptonshire & Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association Charity No. 289930 Northamptonshire & Buckinghamshire Dyslexia Association Helpline: 01604 328 075 (Answerphone only) Admin: 01327 703 626 Email: • Employers - for identification of Reasonable Adjustments for dyslexic & neurodiverse employees. • Closed parent-NBDA members group and forum, (to share resources and support) • Newsletters and Information updates including the British Dyslexia Association magazine ‘Contact’ • Joint membership with NBDA and BDA enabling support to our cause and carry on with our valuable and essential services, and supporting the British Dyslexia Association and the campaign for dyslexic adults and children nationwide. • Access to dyslexia training and workshops We work closely with Local Authorities (Local Offer) Children’s services and local schools and colleges, together with statutory services across the Counties such as SENDIAS, Parent Forum Groups, and Voluntary Impact Organisations. Through our links with the British Dyslexia Association and our vast network of national contacts we aim to keep up to date with legislation and statutory regulations Enquiries can be made through our Helpline (answerphone only) 01604 328 075 or email: Please visit our website for further information and membership application:

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