Assessment of Literacy Needs at Further Education Level
This course will support the skills needed to conduct needs assessments for further education settings. In tandem the DAI is linking with SOLAS and QQI to advocate for the sufficiency of a needs assessment model and for this to be accepted as evidence of need for curricular support and accommodations in exams. The course will be presented by a DAI Educational Psychologist and Adult Development Office, and is intended to build on and complement the Adult Literacy Tutors course also run by the DAI.
The course is suitable for those who have a minimum of Level7/8 training in education, and several years’ experience of working with learners with learning difficulties. This course may be ideal for Adult Literacy Organisers (ALOs).
The cost of this course is €150. Please note that the course is very popular and places are allocated on a strictly first come first served basis.
- Thu 9th March – DAI National Office, Dublin –Book Here
- Thu 6th April 2017 – International Hotel, Cork Airport, Cork – Book Here
- Sat 13th May 2017 – Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin
- Thu 18th May 2017 – Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone – Book Here
Courses for Secondary School Teachers 2017
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) is offering a one-day course specifically designed for teachers of second level students. . It will be relevant to both mainstream teachers and those working in Resource, Learning Support or Guidance Counselor capacities. Topics covered will include:
Dyslexia at second level and how it affects students
Identification and assessment
Whole school policies which support the student with dyslexia and the development of literacy
Educational support structures such as language exemptions, reasonable accommodations and educational choices
Dublin Course – March 4th
Courses for Primary School Teachers 2017
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland runs Dyslexia Courses for Primary School Teachers. Places on these courses are limited so early application is advisable, and we run these courses several times each year, in different locations, in response to demand.
These courses are offered to qualified primary level teachers who are registered or eligible for registration with the Teaching Council. The course may be of particular relevance to Learning Support and Resource Teachers. At the end of the course teachers will have an understanding of what dyslexia is, how it can be identified and how it can be supported in classrooms and schools.
Courses can be booked online via the links given below:
Dublin Teachers’ Course ( January/ February 2017):
The Dublin Teacher’s Course will commence on Saturday 28th January. This course runs over three consecutive Saturdays, from 9.30am to 4pm each day.
Limerick Teachers Course (February/March 2017)
The Limerick Teacher’s Course will commence on Saturday 25th February. This course runs over three consecutive Saturdays, from 10.00am to 4pm each day.
Course for Secondary School Teachers 2017
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) is offering a one-day course specifically designed for teachers of second level students. It will be relevant to both mainstream teachers and those working in Resource, Learning Support or Guidance Counsellor capacities. Topics covered will include:
- Dyslexia at second level and how it affects students
- Identification and assessment
- Classroom strategies
- Whole school policies which support the student with dyslexia and the development of literacy
- Educational support structures such as language exemptions, reasonable accommodations and educational choices
You can book your place on our Secondary School Teacher’s Course on March 4th here
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is organising one day courses for parents on dyslexia in Dublin and Limerick in early 2017.
Topics covered will include:
- What is Dyslexia?
- Support Strategies – What Parents Can Do
- Assistive Technology
There will be 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
The fee per parent is €60 for DAI members and €85 for non-members. Tea and coffee will be served mid-morning but lunch will not be provided. Pre-booking is essential.
Limerick Parent’s Course (Saturday 25th February)
Dublin Parent’s Course (Saturday 1st April)
DAI runs regular monthly seminars on adult dyslexia in our national office in Dublin starting at 6 pm. It is possible to arrange adult seminars elsewhere depending on demand.
Seminars planned for 2017 include:
- January 18th – Assistive Technology for Adults with Dyslexia
- February 9th – Completing Assignments at Third Level
- February 22nd – Dyslexia in the Workplace
Tablet Tech and Dyslexia Workshops 2017
The aim of this interactive workshop is to equip delegates with knowledge of how tablet technology and apps can be used to the benefit of people with dyslexia. A range of different apps and tablet features will be demonstrated.
Parents, teachers, children and young people, adults with dyslexia, employers and other professionals.
Training Suite of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland office, 5th Floor, Block B, Joyce’s Court, Talbot Street, D01 C861.
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.
The session will be facilitated by Amy Smyth and Jennifer Byrne of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
What to Bring
We will be using an Apple iPad (iOS platform). If you have access to such technology we suggest that you bring it along and you can work interactively with the facilitators. Participants are welcome to bring other tablets along (e.g. Samsung, Google, Android), although they should be aware that the workshop will be primarily focused on apps for Apple products and the facilitators may not necessarily be as familiar with other platforms.Please ensure that your tablet is sufficiently charged to last the session as charging facilities are limited. You are welcome to attend without bringing any of your own technology and we are sure that the workshop would still be useful to you, albeit less interactive in nature.
Early booking is essential as places are limited to 20 people per workshop. Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tablet-technology-and-dyslexia-workshop-dublin-tickets-31349569406
Mindfulness for Adults with Dyslexia – Free Session
The DAI are running a free ‘Introduction to Mindfulness for Adults with Dyslexia’ session on Wednesday, February 15th in our National Office in Talbot Street at 6pm. This introductory session for adults with dyslexia offers practical exercises and mindfulness practices. For more information please call Maria McLoughlin on 0868323520.
You can book your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/mindfulnessfree-introductory-session-for-adults-with-dyslexia-tickets-27121694719
Library Talks 2017
The following are some of the information sessions we have planned in 2017 in conjunction with local libraries:
- March 28th – What is Dyslexia @ Newbridge Library
- June 13th – App Technology and Dyslexia @ Athy Library
- September 19th – App Technology and Dyslexia @ Leixlip Library
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to arrange a talk in your local library or community venue.