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Covid-19 Update – April 1, 2020

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We hope that you are all staying safe and well in these challenging times. We are all in survival mode, and so it is understandable to not be at our most productive or perfect. While working remotely and trying to educate children at home is challenging, it is also important to be kind to ourselves and one another at this time.


Our staff are all working remotely, and we thank them for their efforts and flexibility at this challenging time.


Information Helpline:  You can email queries as normal to We have also set up a new, temporary helpline number which is 086 056 2349. The helpline will be available from 9.30am to 1.00pm each day, Monday to Friday. You can also text or WhatsApp your query. As always, we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.


Courses & Events: All of DAI’s upcoming face-to-face training events have been postponed until further notice. We are actively working towards online alternatives for those events where an online format is feasible. We will share further information on these in due course.


We are also developing new information resources and videos which we will continue to share on our social media channels over the coming weeks, so watch this space.


We hope that you are all staying safe and well. Please follow public health guidelines and information from trusted sources.


JOB VACANCY – Sligo Workshop Coordinator (part-time)Join Our Team


The Sligo Dyslexia Workshop wishes to recruit a Coordinator. The Workshop runs for two 12 week terms (Autumn and Spring) in Sligo Library, Stephen St, Rathquarter, Sligo on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm.

Please see the job description for more information.

If you wish to apply please email your CV to by Wednesday 15 Aprilinterviews will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

COVID-19 UPDATE (updated March 24, 2020 at 18:00)

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In line with today’s announced extension of public health measures, we are postponing face-to-face events until at least April 19th.

Our national office staff are all working remotely from home, and we will be in contact as soon as possible with those who are booked in for an assessment or training event during the extended closure period.

Our national office team are actively working to create online alternatives for courses and services which can potentially be delivered in this way. We will share more information with you about these alternatives as soon as possible.

In the meantime, information queries can be sent by email as usual to and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are also setting up a temporary phone line and once it is activated, we will share the details.

As this is a developing situation, we will endeavour to keep you updated.

In the meantime, everyone should keep themselves informed by trusted public health sources which are constantly updated on and on the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre website –


New Presentation on Useful Resources for Adults in Education

We are delighted to share this new presentation on Useful Resources for Adults in Education prepared by Caoimhe O’Malley, our Adult Dyslexia Coordinator. We hope the advice and resources it contains are helpful to adult students currently studying at home.

You can view the video on our YouTube channel.

You can also view a PDF version here.


Submission to Minister of Education & State Examinations Commission on decision to cancel orals and practicals

Today, March 24th, DAI submitted a letter to both the Minister of Education and Skills, and to the Head of the State Examinations Commission, outlining our concerns about the recent decision to cancel oral and practical exams. We appreciate that these are unprecedented times and difficult decisions have to be made, but we have requested that this and all future decisions are disability-proofed so that they do not further disadvantage students with dyslexia and other disabilities.


COVID-19 INFORMATION (updated March 12th at 16:00)


Based on this morning’s government announcement of COVID-19 public health measures, and in the best interests of protecting our clients and staff, we have taken the decision to postpone DAI training events and workshop classes from tomorrow until March 29th inclusive, and staff will also be working from home during this period.

DAI WORKSHOP CLASSES: Workshop coordinators will be in contact with all parents to advise them of the changes. Fees for cancelled classes due to this closure can be refunded or credited to the next term. We will be in contact with parents about this in due course.

TRAINING EVENTS AND COURSES: We will be in contact with all those booked on DAI events over the closure period to advise them of the postponement. We will also be in contact with all those who have booked to advise them of rescheduled dates in due course.

NATIONAL OFFICE ACTIVITIES: To protect our staff and clients, national office will be closed from March 13 to 29, but staff will be working remotely. Please email us as normal and we will reply to you as soon as possible. Any scheduled meetings during the period will either be held remotely (online) or rescheduled.

As this is a developing situation, we will endeavour to keep you updated.

In the meantime, everyone should keep themselves informed by trusted public health sources which are constantly updated on and on the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre website –




VACANCIES (January 2020)

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is currently seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the following posts:

Information Officer – Job Description

Adult Dyslexia Coordinator (AT specialism) – Job Description

Assistant Educational Psychologist – Job Description


The job descriptions above include person specifications and applications details for each post. The application deadline is January 31st.


Meeting with Minister Joe McHugh on Dec 4, 2019

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DAI was delighted to get the opportunity to meet with the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh in Leinster House today, December 4th, 2019. DAI was represented by Natasha Kearns (Board Chairperson), Rosie Bissett (CEO) and Amy Smyth (Information and Advocacy Coordinator). Sincere thanks to Senator Tim Lombard for his ongoing support and advocacy for dyslexia.


We discussed many issues affecting people with dyslexia in Ireland in 2019 including the difficulties getting dyslexia identified and the impact this can have on mental health and wellbeing, the need for mandatory teacher training on dyslexia and neurodiversity, and a call for extra time in examinations and greater access to assistive technology which can be lifechanging for people with dyslexia. We will continue our work advocating on these important issues with the Minister and the Department over the coming months. You can view our Briefing Document here.


Charity Christmas Cards 

Spread some joy with our selection of charity Christmas cards.

Cards come in packs of 10 and cost €8 per pack (which includes €1.50 p&p per pack). Our 4 new designs are:

  • Santa Claus
  • Let it Snow
  • Polar Bears
  • Carol Singers

We also have some older designs available as a lucky dip, at the bargain price of just €5.00 per pack (incl. p&p).

Please email us at or phone 01 8776001 to place your order.

You can also drop into our national office on Talbot St. during normal office hours.


Join Our Team


Part-time Coordinator – Cork Dyslexia Workshop

The Cork Dyslexia Workshop wishes to recruit a Coordinator. The Workshop runs for two 12 week terms in the Autumn and Spring in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Cork on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm.

Please see the job description for more information.

If you wish to apply please email your CV and a cover note to by Sunday 17 November, 2019, interviews will take place on Wednesday 20 November. 

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019

Dyslexia Awareness Week takes place on October 7-13, 2019. This year our focus will be on advocacy work, including a presentation to members of the Oireachtas on the current needs of people with dyslexia, informed by our recent members survey.

We have prepared a poster which you can use in your school or workplace to show your support for Dyslexia Awareness Week, and to start some positive conversations about dyslexia. There are other posters and information resources also available in the downloads section of our website.

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NCCA Review of Senior Cycle

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) are conducting a review of the senior cycle programme in Irish secondary schools. The aim of this review is to create a senior cycle that better suits the needs and goals of modern senior cycle students. NCCA are conducting extensive consultations with schools, students, parents, teachers and the general public through email and written submission. All submissions and surveys need to be completed by November 1st 2019.


The Dyslexia Association of Ireland have completed the survey, and we are also attending several of the consultations that are taking place around the country. You can find more information on the consultation process here.


To support our members in taking part in the survey, a brief summary of the points made by the DAI in our survey response can be seen below:

  • The mental health of young people should be paramount within our education system. The level of stress that young people face in the run up to State examinations is not acceptable and goes against the Department of Education & Skill’s Wellbeing Policy Statement. Dyslexic children often experience this anxiety more acutely as terminal exams and restrictive methods of assessments can pose a real challenge to them. In light of this, all decisions made by the Department of Education around exams should take into consideration the wellbeing and mental health of all young people as a priority.
  • The DAI has expressed concern around the current lack of options when it comes to State exams for young people. We feel that young people should have an option in how they are assessed. We need to move away from a one size fits all approach for exams. Students should begiven the opportunity to choose between written examinations, power point presentations, audio/visual presentations etc. This would not only allow young people best display their knowledge on particular subjects but will also allow them to develop vital skills for further education and the workplace. In addition, a move away from terminal exams to more continual assessment means that young people can be assessed in a fairer way and not just on their performance on one exam on one day.
  • Students should have access to the widest range of subjects possible when it comes to subject choice. These options should not be impacted by what school a child goes to, the gendered nature of subject choice, or the pressure to take on certain subjects at higher level because of bonus points. Having functional literacy and functional numeracy (non-graded) would free up time and allow some students to reduce the curriculum load who have significant difficulties with these subjects currently. A student with dyslexia who has an aptitude for science could be allowed to do as many maths and science-based subjects as possible, and could be allowed to do literacy at a functional proficiency (rather than an English literature exam). This is also more favorable for the universities who will be able to select students with strong aptitude in specific areas.
  • Continual Professional Development for teachers will be critical. At the moment teacher training is not adequate or fit for purpose in the modern education system in relation to teaching students with dyslexia. DAI is calling for a mandatory module on neurodiversity for all teachers, including universal design, identification of dyslexia, and best practice in classroom support. Specialist teachers can and should be trained to identify Dyslexia within school, moving away from the medical model.
  • Better career guidance is also essential and should be about exploring the full range of post second level options for students (higher education, further education, apprenticeships, etc). It is important that the full implications of each of the different pathways is mapped out and taken into consideration by the student prior to making a decision about a pathway that is going to have an impact on available progression routes.
  • The use of assistive technology and potential for students to take online classes is greatly welcomed by DAI. Young people with Dyslexia should be allowed to use assistive technology in their day to day school lives and be guaranteed that this technology is available to them when it comes to State exams including continuous assessment.
  • The DAI feel that the suggestion of the introduction of two State exams at the end of 5th and 6th year, would be a step back for students. This would effectively double the amount of stress and there is no benefit for all students. The anxiety and mental health impact of the current exam situation is well known, and we see no rationale for potentially doubling this. It also does not allow time for reflection, development of critical thinking and deeper analysis of subjects which is an agreed goal of the senior cycle.

If you would like to fill out the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment survey, you can do so here. The survey must be completed by November 1st.

A full copy of DAI’s survey submission can be viewed here.




DAI Statement on changes to Irish Exemption announced today

DAI broadly welcome the changes to the Irish exemption criteria announced today by the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh. Please read our Statement here.


Join Our Team


The Dyslexia Association of Ireland wishes to recruit an Adult Dyslexia Coordinator to join the team based in our national office in Dublin. Please see the job description for further information on the role including person specification and application information.


Candidates wishing to apply for this post should email their CV, and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role, to: Rosie Bissett, CEO, Dyslexia Association of Ireland at The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday August 21st, 2019. It is anticipated that interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on Thursday August 29th at our national office in Dublin.



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Public Consultation on Exemption from Irish Dec 2018

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published details of a public consultation on Exemptions from the Study of Irish (

We strongly encourage our members to participate in this consultation process. It is very important that the voice of people directly affected by this policy are heard and taken account of.

To support our members to participate in this consultation, we have put together the key proposed changes, as well as our position on these proposed changes, and the impact they may have for students with dyslexia. You can download our guidelines below.

Guidance for Members re Irish Exemption Consultation (WORD version)

Guidance for Members re Irish Exemption Consultation (PDF version)

The consultation process closes on Friday 11th January 2019.


Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018

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October is European Dyslexia Awareness Month. DAI’s theme for this year’s awareness month in Ireland is “Shout About Dyslexia”. This theme was chosen as we know it’s so important to be able to talk about your dyslexia openly. Dyslexia should not be whispered about in hushed voices. There’s no shame in having dyslexia – it’s a learning difference. We should be proud and celebrate our talented dyslexic community.

We have a wide range of awareness-raising activities and events planned and hope that you will join us to help raise awareness this October. You can access our Support Pack here. It has lots of info on how you can get involved in different ways, at home, in school, on social media, or by taking part in one of our many events.

Thanks so much for your support.


New Podcast Launched (25.09.2018)

We are so excited to launch our new podcast Dys & Dat today. The podcast will feature interviews with people who have dyslexia, or those who know a lot about it. We hope you will find the podcast informative, engaging and inspiring. Our first podcast features Keith, a PhD student with dyslexia. Watch out for our second episode later this week featuring Irish actress Jane McGrath.
You can find our podcast now on both iTunes and SoundCloud, so please subscribe:
iTunes –
SoundCloud –
If you would like to take part in a future podcast, then please contact us at


JOB VACANCY – Receptionist / Admin. Assistant (CE Scheme)

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland operates an information service from our national office in Dublin. Our Information office also provides admin. support to many of our other services including assessment, training and education, and advocacy.

We currently have a vacancy for a Receptionist / Admin. Assistant under a Community Employment (CE) Scheme. Duties will include:  greeting callers, assisting with information provision, general office admin. duties to include updating databases, filing, mail handling etc. Good computer skills are required. Knowledge of dyslexia is desirable but not essential as training will be provided. For further info see the job description below:

Receptionist / Admin. Assistant (CE Scheme) Job Description 

How to Apply: Please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to as soon as possible.

CE Scheme Eligibility: Interested applicants must be eligible for a Community Employment (CE) scheme. You should check this with your local Intreo Office/DSP Employment Service. The Citizens Information website also has information:



JOB VACANCY – Educational Psychologists

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is recruiting for full or part-time educational psychologists to join our team.

Applicants should hold a masters or doctorate level professional qualification in educational psychology.

See DAI Educational Psychologist – Job Description for more information.

Applicants should email their CV to

The Alphabet Jump

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DAI needs 26 thrill seekers for the Alphabet Jump, our charity skydive, each one representing a letter of the alphabet. What letter will you be?

Date: Saturday 29th September, 2018 (weather permitting).

Venue: Clonbullogue Airfield, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

Participants are asked to raise €500 minimum (€260 covers the reduced rate cost for a charity jump and the balance goes to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) to support our services for children and adults with dyslexia). Sponsorship cards are available from either the Dyslexia Association of Ireland or from the Irish Parachute Club. You can create a personal fundraising page on You can also opt to donate all of the funds raised to DAI and pay for the sky-dive yourself directly.

All funds raised from the Alphabet Jump will support our free information service, assessment and tuition for disadvantaged families dealing with dyslexia. If you would like to sign up to take part, or have any questions, please contact the Dyslexia Association of Ireland at 01 877 6001 or email Please also read the Brochure and Important Info for Participants below:

Alphabet Jump 2018 – BROCHURE

Important Info for Participants


Christmas Cards 2018

Spread some joy with our brand new selection of Christmas cards.

Cards come in packs of 10 and cost €8 per pack (which includes €1.50 p&p per pack). Our main designs for 2018 are:

  • Santa Claus
  • Let it Snow
  • Polar Bears
  • Carol Singers

We also have some older designs available as a lucky dip, at the bargain price of just €5.00 per pack (incl. p&p).

Please email us at or phone 01 8776001 to place your order.

You can also drop into our national office on Talbot St. during normal office hours.


Member Survey to Inform New Strategic Plan

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) is developing its new five-year strategic plan for 2018 – 2023 and we need your help!

We are interested in hearing from our members and clients about how our organisation is doing and how we can improve our services over the coming years. We will be using feedback from you our members, young people and adults with dyslexia, our staff, our Board and other partner organisations to inform the development of our new strategic plan.

The survey is anonymous and should take no more than 10-minutes to complete. We would really appreciate your time and honesty to help make this an ambitious, achievable strategic plan for our organisation so that we can work together to meet the needs of people with dyslexia.

To complete the survey, please click on the following link:

Thanking you in advance!


Have Your Voice Heard via Our New Surveys (Spring 2017).


In order to gain a picture of the current dyslexia experience in Ireland, DAI is conducting a series of surveys with different groups. This provides an important avenue for your voice to be heard. It will also assist DAI in planning our activities, especially in the area of advocacy and campaigning for the current needs of people affected by dyslexia in Ireland. Essentially we want to know your experience of dyslexia in Ireland today.

There are 4 surveys now open:


Students with dyslexia (18 and under):

Adults with dyslexia:


We would ask that you please complete the appropriate surveys, and please let others know about the surveys. The more responses we get, the more weight that can add to our advocacy campaigns. We thank you in advance for your participation.


Recruitment: Information and Administration Intern

Would you like the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a dynamic and interesting charity?

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is looking to recruit an intern for 6 – 9 months who will join our national office team. This internship will develop your skills and experience in various areas including key work on information provision, awareness raising activities, as well as general office administration. As an intern you will get to work with a variety of our staff, working on real projects that will help us grow our services. Our Information and Administration intern will work on our information helpline, help with our national meeting and conferences, support various policy issues that the DAI are currently working on and provide general admin. support. This is an exciting opportunity to gain vital experience in the Irish NGO sector.


  • Working on the DAI information helpline.
  • Helping with the general administration of the office.
  • Maintaining databases.
  • Developing information resources.
  • Participating as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the provision of information and support to people with dyslexia.


  • An interest in or understanding of dyslexia or specific learning difficulties.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Experience in office administration would be desirable.


  • Based in Dublin city-centre office.
  • Hours negotiable, between 21-35 hours per week. Normal working hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; flexibility is required with the expectation of occasional evening and weekend work.
  • This is an unpaid internship, but reasonable expenses will be paid in relation to travel or expenses incurred in relation to delivery of the role.
  • This position is subject to Garda Vetting and reference checks.

How to apply: Interested applicants should email their CV with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role to Amy Smyth, DAI’s Information & Advocacy Coordinator at by June 16th, 2017.


Hidden Potential – a new Irish short film on dyslexia

DAI is delighted to share ‘Hidden Potential’ a new Irish short film on dyslexia to mark Dyslexia Awareness Month (October 2016). This short film was made by Eamonn McMahon a talented young film-maker from Wicklow in Ireland, with some support from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Well done to all those involved in producing this lovely, moving short film.


Adult Dyslexia Resources – Launched July 2016

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Check out our great new resources on adult dyslexia.  We hope they will help to increase awareness of adult dyslexia and what can help.

They include a new Adult Dyslexia information booklet, Guidelines for Tutors in the Further Education and Training sector on how to support adult learners with dyslexia, and a series of three posters. We are currently distributing them nationwide to adult education and further education centres, as well as to community-based agencies including libraries and Intreo offices. This project has been kindly supported by funding from SOLAS.

All these new resources are also available to download for free from our website at Copies are also available from our national office – email or phone 01 8776001.


New Development and Support Officer (Adult Services)

DAI is also pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Kinsella as our new Development and Support Officer (Adult Services), thanks to funding from SOLAS. This new post will enable DAI to increase our adult service delivery nationwide, including the provision of information seminars, training sessions for adult education and further education tutors, seminars on dyslexia in the workplace, and the development of support meetings for adults with dyslexia.



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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.