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The British Dyslexia Association


The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. 

We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners. In November 2007 at the BDA AGM Members agreed the policy on Early Identification of Specific Learning Difficulties. This forms the basis of BDA lobbying in this regard. To view our policy follow this link


Please follow the link below to a collection of information about dyscalculia on the BDA's website.

Who to contact


The BDA Helpline

The helpline is completely free and confidential for all dyslexia related calls and emails. Due to the confidential nature of the calls we receive we do not record calls.  

The helpline is manned by a small number of staff and a team of trained volunteers. All information, advice and signposting is completely impartial. The Helpline is often very busy, if you experience difficulty getting through please try again between 12.30 – 2:30 pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays, when the lines are often quieter.

Before you contact Helpline, please check our Frequently Asked Questions sections first which can be found under the website different user sections. These may provide you with the information you need.

Opening times:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 15.00pm.

By phone.

To talk to Helpline staff, phone 0333 405 4567.

During opening times we aim to answer your call within 3 minutes. At busy times your call may be held in a queue until a volunteer is free, we thank you for your patience. You may prefer to email us or call back at another time

Calls to the Helpline are anonymous.  You will not be asked for your name and our Helpline staff and volunteers will not see your telephone contact details displayed.

We only record the category of call; whether it is from an Adult, Parent. Student, Teacher, or Employer.   We may ask you for the town you live in so that we can direct you to local support services. We will only ask you for your contact details such as name, address, phone number or email address if you have asked us to send you some further information in relation to your enquiry.  Your details will only be used to send you the information you have requested and will not be forwarded onto a third party or used for marketing purposes without your consent.

Any personal information that is recorded during the call is shredded at the end of the call once the information has been sent to you.

We regret that we cannot make calls to third parties without their consent.

Via Email

You can contact the Helpline via e-mail

Emails are received into the helpline inbox which can only be accessed by log in and password by Helpline staff and Helpline Volunteers. Emails will not be forwarded to third parties. In the event that it is necessary to forward your email to another department in the BDA, who is better equipped to answer your specific enquiry, you will be notified who the email has been sent to and given their direct email address for information. All BDA staff follow our confidentiality and data protection policies. We will aim to reply your e-mail within 5 working days.

We regret that we cannot email information to third parties without their consent.

Your email address will not be used for marketing purposes without your consent. Copies of sent emails are held securely on the BDA server for 6 months in case of query or follow up.

Please Note: It would be helpful if you could mention where you live in the country so that we can signpost you to the most appropriate local help.

Via Letter

Letters that are received by the Helpline will be shredded once the enquiry has been answered.  We regret that we cannot send information to third parties without their consent.

Social Media

Messages and questions that are posted on the BDA social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter are in the public domain. Our Communications Officer is responsible for maintaining our social media pages and is happy to answer generic questions via social media, but we will never post confidential advice on our public pages. Where this is required our Communications Officer will use the private messaging facilities on social media to suggest that you contact the helpline direct for a more detailed discussion.

We are happy to answer generic questions via social media, but we will never post confidential advice on our public pages. Where this is required we will use the private messaging facilities on social media or suggest that the discussion takes place via email or telephone.

Other Details

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
16-19 years