Useful Links

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

The British Dyslexia Association campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential.



Nessy has been making fun, educational software for children since 1999 and has developed a reputation for exceptional quality. Nessy offers the complete dyslexia aware solution with a suite of multi-sensory products aimed at making learning to read, write and spell fun. This site also contains lots of valuable information about dyslexia for adults and children alike.


Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN)

The Dyslexia Adult Network (DAN) has been founded to increase awareness of the impact of dyslexia and related conditions on adults. DAN is an umbrella network for adults with dyslexia and other specific learning differences (SpLDs). They are a collaboration of the major UK dyslexia charities (including Helen Arkell) and user-led organisations, together with nationally recognised specialists. This expertise has been brought together to focus solely on issues for adults. 


Independent Parental Special Education Advice

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.


Made By Dyslexia

Made By Dyslexia is a global charity led by successful (and famous) dyslexics. Their purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia.


Parent Champions

Volunteers who are passionate about helping parents and carers of children with SpLD’s.



Pearson creates tools that provide opportunities for learners at every stage of their journey. Technology underpins everything they do, from the latest resources for personalised learning to data analysis tools to measure progress and aid teaching. At Helen Arkell we use a number of tests published by Pearson in both our diagnostic assessments and in our professional training courses.


Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)

Offers a range of services to help in day-to-day work as well as representing the interests of teachers and students in matters that affect individuals with SpLD (Specific Learning Disabilities). 


Springboard for Children

Springboard for Children believes every child has the right to a fair chance of future success. Springboard is a charity providing one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children who are in danger of being left behind in the education system.


The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)

CReSTeD’s main activity is to maintain a “Register of Schools” which provide teaching provision for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). This information is supplied free of charge to parents and those who are responsible for choosing a child’s education.


The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust

The Dyslexia-SpLD-Trust, or the Trust, is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations with funding from the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector. It acts as the important communication channel between government, leading dyslexia organisations, parents, schools, colleges, teachers and the sector. Helen Arkell is a member of the Dyslexia SpLD Trust.




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