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DAI’s 2015 European Conference

The Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) held its 7th European Conference in the Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, on April 25th 2015. The conference brought together experts from Ireland, the UK and Europe to share current research on dyslexia, with a focus on Innovation in Assessment and Teaching. The event also included an exhibition area/marketplace featuring relevant companies and products.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Thérèse McPhillips on “Dyslexia in Ireland: A review of current provision of support since the publication of the Task Force Reports, North and South in 2002”
  • Carsten Elbro on “New approaches to long-standing problems” (in the identification of dyslexia)
  • Kate Cain on “The language bases of reading comprehension: insights for assessment and instruction”
  • Jonathan Solity on “Are Synthetic Phonics Programmes and the Phonics Screen Major Causes of Dyslexia?”
  • Pauline Cogan on “Introducing the Trinity Early Screening Test in Reading and Writing (TEST2r)”


Conference presentations/handouts (PDF format) can now be downloaded below:

Thérèse McPhillips
Carsten Elbro
Kate Cain
Jonathan Solity
Pauline Cogan


Media/Press items:

DAI was delighted to get a great media response in the run up to the European Conference. Links to some of the major articles are listed below:


Full Conference Brochure

The full conference brochure can be downloaded below. It provides more detailed information on all the keynote presentations and speakers.

Conference Brochure 2015 (PDF format)


Conference Sponsor 



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