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Training and Education

DAI runs many seminars and courses for parents, teachers, and other groups. A major conference is held every two years. Bespoke training is also available on request.  Details on all upcoming training courses and conferences can be found in the Events sections of this website.

Information Days for Parents

DAI runs information days for parents several times each year. Topics covered on this course include:

  • What is Dyslexia.
  • Support Strategies – What Parents Can Do
  • Assistive Technology
  • Self-esteem

 There is a split session on specific supports at primary level and secondary level. The information days aim to:

  • Give parents an overview of dyslexia in the context of the Irish education system
  • Provide parents with the key information they need to act as advocates on behalf of their children
  • Equip parents with some practical strategies they can implement themselves to help their children 

This course is usually run 4 or 5 times each year in different locations around the country.

Courses for Teachers (Primary and Secondary)

DAI has been organising and delivering in-service courses for qualified teachers since 1979.  These course aim to give teachers an understanding of the nature of dyslexia, the difficulties experienced by children and young people with dyslexia, and practical strategies for classroom management and teaching practice. The course also aims to provide participants with knowledge and skills relevant to identifying dyslexia in the classroom, understanding educational psychology assessment reports, and implementing suitable interventions for pupils with dyslexia.

Currently, the DAI  course for primary school teachers  is run over two days – Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  This course is usually run five times each year in different locations around the country.

DAI also runs a one-day course for second level teachers which focuses on specific strategies for managing dyslexia successfully in the second level classroom.  These are usually held when demand is evident in various locations around the country.

Bespoke Training

DAI responds to requests for bespoke training from organisations, parents associations, workplace groups, etc.   Training can be tailored to the specific needs and interests of each group depending on the location and the time available.   We, unfortunately, do not have the capacity to be able to deliver training to individual schools but often organise training at the local Education Centre or  via the regional ILSA group, which local teachers can then access.

Please contact our national office to discuss your training needs, ideally a month or two in advance of a proposed training date.  A fee is usually charged for this service to cover any costs incurred.


DAI holds a major conference every two years.  Our conferences feature a range of speakers (both local and international) on relevant dyslexia-related topics.  Talks are held of interest to parents, professionals and adults with dyslexia.  Presentations from recent conferences can be accessed in the ‘Downloads’ section of this website.

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DAI activities are part-funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019 administered by Pobal), the Special Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and KWETB.