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DAI Structure

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is made up of its members, currently over 1500 families and individuals are members. DAI is governed by its Board which is made of up 15 (max.) members. The National Office is in Dublin – this is the hub for all DAI activities and services. DAI also has a network of Workshops nationwide providing local community based services.

The Association receives some funding from government departments. DAI receives a grant from the Dept. of Education and Skills towards the information service provided from the national office. DAI receives a grant from the Further Education Section of the Dept. of Education and Skills (via SOLAS) towards services for adult dyslexia, as well as offering some reduced cost assessment and tuition to adults with dyslexia who are financially disadvantaged.

Unfortunately, this funding does not cover all annual running costs. In 2018 our government grants covered only a third of our expenses, so DAI is very reliant on annual membership fees, as well as fundraising, to enable the association to survive from year to year, and cover costs such as rent, phone, printing, stationary, postage, etc.  While DAI must charge for some services, we operate a sliding scale of fees; we provide subsidised services to people on social welfare and low income.

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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.