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About Dyslexia International

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The content of this site is the responsibility of Dyslexia International. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention we will correct them. This information is:
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Background

Dyslexia International asbl, a non-profit organization, was registered in Belgium in 2000. Its Registered Office is at Rue Washington 40, B-1050, Brussels.

In collaboration with a Scientific Advisory Panel and a team of online consultants in literacy and reading difficulties, Dyslexia International promotes free and fair education and equal opportunities for those who struggle with reading and writing by making teacher training the priority.

The organization brings together ministerial officers in charge of teacher training, university researchers and local networks to address the interests of over 10 percent of the population who risk life-long illiteracy and marginalization, unless they are taught by appropriately trained teachers using methods that meet their learning needs.

Article from our official statutes (translated from the French):

Article 3
The Association intends to conceive, adapt, develop, produce, promote and distribute - either singly, in partnership or by sub-contracting - tools, methodologies and technologies designed to enhance, directly or indirectly, the learning, development and social integration of children and young adults confronted by the specific learning disabilities associated with dyslexia …

Article 8
The scientific advisory committee is nominated by the general assembly. It is specifically composed of reputable individuals with teaching, research or practical experience in the field of dyslexia. The role of the scientific advisory is to give, at the request of the directors of the association, written opinions on the tools, methodologies and technologies.


Patron

 Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein

Message from Her Royal Highness

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Board Members


Executive Members

 Judith Sanson Chair of the Board of Directors
Educationalist qualified in teaching students with dyslexia
 Petra Zollner Secretary of the Board
Regulatory affairs manager
 Larry Moffett Business consultant, D.I. regional ambassador, Europe
 Hugh Terlinden Treasurer
Financial adviser
 Minos Van Joolingen Lawyer


Honorary Members


 Marie-France Baeken Translator
   
 

Ronald Baker

founder member and consultant

 

Gabriel Bara

computer scientist, linguist

 

Sarah Castle

parent representative

 

Dr Pauline Cogan

expert, researcher and developer of screening test

 

Shirley Cramer

consultant

 

Anthony Crasner

consultant on development

 Jean-François DelsarteFormer Counsellor at the francophone Ministry of Education, Belgium 
   
 

Diane and Dominique de Mas Latrie

parent representatives

 

Barbara Del Arbol

parent representative

 

Victoria Eulaerts

President, Dyslexia International Literacy for All Global Campaign

 

Cecilia Gonzalez

Regional Ambassador, Peru and Spanish-speaking countries

 

Karen Hiddink

business consultant

 

Jacqueline Johnston

development executive, UK media projects

 

Carol MacCarthy

founder member DYSPEL, Luxembourg

 

Jipson Mathew

business consultant

 

Dr Duncan Milne

consultant, author, researcher, Director of Literacy Tools

 

Adelaide Mkhonza

education consultant, Regional ambassador, Swaziland

 

Gunilla Löfgren Nisser

consultant, researcher and teacher

 

Dr Daniel Ofori

educationalist, Regional ambassador, Ghana

 

Donald Schloss

Chief Executive, Adult Dyslexia Organisation, UK

 André Ponceletfounder member (D.I.T.T., 2000)
 
 

Elizabeth Scott

founder member APPAAL, Association for Autism, Luxemburg, Learning Support, European School Luxemburg 1

 

Dr Ian Smythe

expert, researcher, World Dyslexia Network Foundation

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The Dyslexia Consultancy Team
  

The Dyslexia Consultancy Team is headed by the Scientific Advisory Panel (see Academia on the Homepage).

It is a team of researchers, teachers and parents who agree to:

a) collaborate in putting position papers to UNESCO on dyslexia
b) act as consultants in their own right

 

Dr Steve Chinn

visiting Professor, University of Derby (UK), expert in dyscalculia and mathematics learning

 

Anny Cooreman

teacher and adviser to the Flemish Belgian Ministry of Education

 

Dr Felicity Fletcher-Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education, Open University, UK

 

Sue Flohr

expert, and Helpline Manager at the British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

 

Dr Vincent Goetry


researcher in psycholinguistics; Coordinator of the e-Campus for Teachers and Trainers, Course Director for Dyslexia International online learning

 

Melanie Jameson


dyslexia expert specializing in students/adults and the justice system

 

SR Michael Kalmár



language pathologist, Vienna Language Therapy School, Senior Academy Lecturer, Österreichischer Bundesverband Legasthenie (Austrian Federal Dyslexia Association), President of the European Dyslexia Association (EDA)

 

Paula Morais

Expert in e-inclusion, e-Learning, ICT4D and entrepreneurial attitude development

 

Marie-Jeanne Petiniot

Psycho-pedagogue, professor at the 'Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard', Belgium. Expert-trainer with the CECP (Conseil général de l’Enseignement des Communes et Provinces), founder of the 'espace Pygmalion'

 

Dr Gavin Reid

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK

 

Johan Schepens

Coordinator support team Dyslexia and Learning disabilities OLVC campus Bevegem, Belgium

 

Anne Sheddick

consultant, former Dyslexia Action Head of Training

 

Susan van Alsenoy

educationalist, Chair of the Educational Support Committee Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO)

 

Professor Heinz Wimmer

developmental psychology, neurocognitive research, University of Salzburg, Austria 

Supported by the Dyslexia International Honorary Board Members:

 

Gabriel Bara

computer scientist and linguist

 

Dr Pauline Cogan

expert, researcher and developer of screening tests

 

Gunilla Löfgren Nisser

dyslexia specialist in research, diagnosis and teaching

 

Dr Duncan Milne

educational neuropsychologist, Director of Tools for Literacy, Dyslexia International

 

Judith Sanson

teacher and advocate for people with learning difficulties, Chair of the Board of Directors


Donald Schloss

Chief Executive, Adult Dyslexia Association (ADO), UK

 

Dr Ian Smythe

Visiting Professor, University of Wales, Newport (U.K.) expert, researcher, World Dyslexia Network Foundation

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Regional ambassadors

Dyslexia International has designated representatives in:
  • The Republic of Cameroon,
  • Canada,
  • China,
  • Europe,
  • Ghana,
  • India,
  • Kenya,
  • Kuwait,
  • The Middle East,
  • Lebanon,
  • Peru and Spanish speaking countries,
  • Swaziland,
  • Uganda,
  • The United States of America.
 

e-Campus Steering Committee

At the World Dyslexia Forum coordinated by Dyslexia International at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2010 (see Lecture Hall for filmed presentations), participants were invited to state their interest in helping to develop the e-Campus by joining a Steering Committee, to reach a consensus on best ways forward for developing, monitoring and evaluating the site.

28 participants, representing 17 countries (Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Finland, Grenada, Indonesia, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, St Lucia, St Vincent, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Vanuatu), joined the Steering Committee. The following countries - Bahamas, Burkina Faso, Grenada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, St Lucia, St Vincent, Uganda, and Vanuatu - sent representatives from their ministry of education.


Sponsors and Supporters

Dyslexia International warmly thanks its partners, sponsors, members and colleagues for their vital support which enables our projects to continue to flourish:

2010 For the First World Dyslexia Forum coordinated by Dyslexia International at UNESCO Paris, and the e-Campus:

Oak Foundation, Brussels Export and Hewlett Packard, European Commission, D.G. Development with the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Olympus, SES Astra, Motorola Foundation, Sappi, Fusion Bureau Design Studio, UNESCO Office New Delhi, Director, Mr Armoogum Parsuramen, Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and TATA Consultancy Services, Brussels

2008 For the production of our first free online learning courses for teachers of students with dyslexia in the inclusive classroom

Belgian French Community Ministry of Education and the Roi Baudouin Foundation with the National Lottery

2010 For the accompanying film 'La dyslexie - Comment tresser une structure d'accompagnement solide?', and for English version, Monsieur André Poncelet, DI Founder member

Œuvres de la Reine Fabiola, Belgian French Community Ministry of Education

2004 For the self-help CD-ROM for learners with mentors produced by the BBC for Dyslexia International Tools and Technologies, 'Tintin helps dyslexic learners', 2004

Levi Strauss Advised Fund at Charities Aid Foundation, Cable & Wireless, Microsoft, (in kind) Hewlett Packard

2003-4 For the Unlimited Potential - ‘Unlock your potential’ - courses: Assistive technologies for people with dyslexia, 2003-2004

Microsoft

2000 For support of the BBC Film 'Language Shock - Dyslexia across cultures' (production and dissemination by Dyslexia International)

Levi Strauss and the European Commission

For continuing support with online conferencing and consultancy

Microsoft School Technology Innovation Center, Brussels


Annual Report and Accounts

The Annual Report and audited Accounts for 2012 may be accessed here.


Links with Literacy International, UK

DI collaborates with this independent organization, which became a UK Registered Charity, No 1155475, on 16 January 2014. Its own web site will be developed later and it will also seek partnership status with UNESCO in two years’ time.

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