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Summer Discussion Series for Adults with Dyslexia

We are delighted to announce our summer discussion series on adult dyslexia.  Please click on the links below for more details and to book your place:


Courses for Primary School Teachers 2018

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 -September 2018

The Dublin Teacher’s Course will commence on Friday 14th September and Saturday 15th September. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Dublin Teachers Course (September 2018)

Letterkenny Teachers’ Course  – September 2018

The Letterkenny Teacher’s Course will commence on Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September. This course runs over two consecutive days.

Book Here: Letterkenny Teachers Course (September 2018)


Parents’ Courses 

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is organising one day courses for parents on dyslexia.

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.

Letterkenny Parents Course (Saturday 29th September) 

AGM – June 25th

DAI’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th June, 2018, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in our national office in Dublin.

Further details have been issued to our current members, and are also available at


Free – Exam Accommodations & Scanning Pens Workshop Monday 30th April

18:15-19.30 Presentation for Secondary Schools
19:45-21:00 Presentation for Parents & Carers
The C-Pen ExamReader has been approved for use by many leading exam boards including the State Examinations Commission (SEC) in Ireland. The pens allow individuals with reading difficulties to scan text and hear the words read aloud. This then helps them to read and understand the exam questions.
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) would like to invite you to this event at their national office in Dublin on Monday 30th April. Refreshments will be provided.
DAI’s Donald Ewing, Head of Psychological and Educational Services will speak about dyslexia, the importance of exam accommodations and the benefits of using assistive technology.
Jack Churchill, CEO of Scanning Pens will discuss the key features & benefits of using the C-Pen ExamReader. There will be an opportunity to try out this innovative technology.


Managing Neurodiversity Workshops

We are running ‘Managing Neurodiversity’ talks with our Spectrum Alliance colleagues from Dyspraxia Ireland, HADD Ireland and Aspire, The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland. The workshops will focus on practical strategies for living with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Thanks to some HSE Lottery funding, three workshops will be run – Portlaoise (April 10), DIT Grangegorman (April 17) and DLR Lexicon Dun Laoghaire (May 8). Check out the Spectrum Alliance for more details and to book your place:


Dyslexia ‘Support your Learners’ A course for tutors in FET

This one day course, delivered by a qualified experienced Adult Education tutor, is designed for tutors and teachers working in the Further Education and Training sector. Course content will include;

  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • Supporting students in the classroom
  • Assisting students to become self-directed learners
  • Assistive Technology to support learning and completion of coursework

The course also provides a space for those working in the sector to come together and share their own expertise, tips and strategies for facilitating support for those with dyslexia within the FE sector.


Book here: FET Tutor Course

‘Dyslexia and Me’ – Self-EsteemWorkshop for Children and Young People

DAI National Office Dublin 1

Children with dyslexia often experience anxiety, confusion, and embarrassment when they are diagnosed with dyslexia. These types of feelings often stem from a lack of understanding around what dyslexia is and what it means for the individual child.

This seminar will aim to:

  • Explain dyslexia – what it means and how it affects individuals.
  • Boost self-esteem by concentrating on the positives of dyslexia and their own specific talents.
  • Resilience building
  • Myth busting – many myths exist around dyslexia. We aim to bust these myths in a fun, interactive way that will put their minds at ease.
  • Peer to peer learning – we will discover what our peers think of dyslexia and how they cope with their own dyslexia.

The workshop aims to be interactive, fun and accessible with the use of art and crafts, assistive tech and lots of participatory games.

The workshop will be run by Amy Smyth, Information and Advocacy Coordinator with the DAI. Amy has a background in law and has previously worked for organisations in the area of widening access to education for young people. Amy is herself Dyslexic and relishes the opportunity to raise awareness of Dyslexia. Amy has a specific interest in the issue of a lack of self-confidence in Dyslexic young people and adults.

In addition, these seminars will be supported by an Educational Psychologist who will guide the young people through the realities of dyslexia and some useful coping mechanisms.

This course has been generously funded by a donation. The costs associated with this course will be used to cater lunches and snacks for the young people on the day.

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Dyslexia and Me October 25th Ages 9-12:

Dyslexia and Me October 26th Junior Cert Cycle (1st to 3rd year):


Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Strategies for Further/Adult Ed Tutors

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
  • Building self-esteem for learners with 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 October 9th Course here:

Book November 6th Course here:


Assessment of Literacy Needs at Further Education Level

This course will support the skills needed to understand and 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).


  • a brief introduction to dyslexia and literacy difficulties
  • test theory and basic statistical reporting
  • test administration and scoring
  • test analysis and interpretation (informing teaching and learning, evidence need for accommodations)
  • summarising and writing up assessments

Book October 19th Course here:

Book November 22nd Course here:

5 Week Grammer and Punctuation course for Adults with Dyslexia

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is delighted to confirm that it will be running a new pilot 5-week course for adults with dyslexia this autumn on grammar and punctuation skills. This may be helpful for adults with dyslexia who want to improve their written work, whether for education or work. This course will be available in both daytime and evening options. The cost of the 5 week course is €50.

The daytime course starts on Sept. 5, 2017 at 10am – Book Here

The evening course starts on Sept. 6, 2017 at 6.30pm – Book Here


Tablet Tech and Dyslexia Workshops 2018

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.

Future dates will be announced in the coming weeks.


Library Talks 2017 

The following are some of the information sessions we have planned in 2017 in conjunction with local libraries:

  • September 6th – Public information talk on dyslexia @ Tramore Library, Co. Waterford.
  • September 19th – App Technology and Dyslexia @ Leixlip Library, Co. Kildare

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.