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DAI Recruiting an Information and Communication 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 and awareness raising activities including social media, as well as general 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 Communications intern will work on our information helpline, help with our national social media platforms, engage with 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.
  • Development of the organisation profile on social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Photography and video work for publications, our website and social media.
  • Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks, as directed.
  • Maintaining databases.
  • 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 producing photo and video content 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 some 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 the 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 Coordinator at by 5pm Monday April 24th.
Interviews are expected to be held on May 3rd.


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 (May 2017):

The Dublin Teacher’s Course will commence on Saturday 6th May. This course runs over three consecutive Saturdays, from 9.30am to 4pm each day.


Summer Primary School Teachers Course – Cork

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is delighted to confirm that it will be running its acclaimed Summer Dyslexia Course for Primary School Teachers in Dublin over one week in July 2016. This course is run in conjunction with the Drumcondra Education Centre and as such qualifies for EVP days. Places on this course are limited so early application is advisable.

Venue: Cork Airport Hotel

Dates: Mon 3rd July to Fri 7th July

Time: 10am – 3pm each day

Presenters: A team of specialist teachers and educational psychologists

Catering: Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day. Lunch is not provided.

Fee: €250.00

This course is offered to qualified primary level teachers who are registered or eligible for registration with the Teaching Council. The course may be of special interest to Learning Support and Resource teachers.

Book here: Cork Summer Course


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.


  • Sat 13th May 2017 – Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin – Book Here
  • Thu 18th May 2017 – Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone – Book Here


Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Strategies for Further/Adult Ed. Tutors – Thursday May 4th

This one-day course will provide an opportunity for teachers from the adult education sector to come together in order to explore evidence-based strategies which can support students with dyslexia.  The course is facilitated by Michelle Kinsella the Support and Development officer (adult services) for the DAI.  Drawing from a breadth of resources the course will include;

  • Understanding dyslexia
  • Using literacy programs
  • Planning a session
  • How learning can be facilitated and supported both in the classroom and in student’s own time
  • Assistive technology for learning

The course is suitable for individuals who are working with adults either on a one to one basis or class/group setting.

Book here:

Galway Branch – Summer School 

The Galway Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) is running a summer school for children and young people with dyslexia. The course will run from the 14th to the 18th August.  Further details and booking form can be found below:

For more information please contact or call 087 7588 258

DAI Galway Summer School 2017 brochure

DAI Galway Summer School 2017 booking form


Parents’ Courses 

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
  • Self-esteem

 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.

Dublin Parent’s Course (Saturday 1st April)


Adult Seminars

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:

  • April 25th – What is Adult Dyslexia
  • May 24th –  Assistive Technology for Adults with Dyslexia
  • June 21st – 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.

Audience: Parents, teachers, children and young people, adults with dyslexia, employers and other professionals.

Venue: Training Suite of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland office, 5th Floor, Block B, Joyce’s Court, Talbot Street, D01 C861.

Date: Wednesday May 17th 2017, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Presenters: 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:

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 if you would like to arrange a talk in your local library or community venue.

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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.