World Dyslexia Forum I – France


The first World Dyslexia Forum (WDF I) was coordinated by Dyslexia International and held at the Headquarters of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris, in February 2010.

It brought together experts, representatives from ministries of education, and support groups from more than 90 countries.

Opening remarks by The Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Photojournal of the event

Countries who signed up for the online course Basics for teachers: Armenia, Barbados, Belgium francophone, germanophone Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire,  Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana, India, Ireland, Malaysia,  Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Papua New Guinea,  St Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Singapore, Switzerland, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania and Uganda.

Presenters’ slides


Teaching the brain to read Dr Duncan Milne
The phonological deficit in dyslexia (in French) Dr Franck Ramus
The brain basis of reading difficulties Professor John Stein
Hemispheric specialization and dyslexia Dr Maria Luisa Lorusso
Early intervention – Identification and appropriate teaching Professor Linda Siegel
Dyslexia in regular orthographies – Re-balancing Anglo-centric research Professor Heinz Wimmer

Good practice in the teaching of reading and writing in the six UNESCO official languages:

Arabic by Dr Sana Tibi: Report, Slides
Chinese by Professor Alice Lai: Report, Slides
English by Professor Jenny Thomson: Report, Slides
French by Professor José Morais: Report, Slides
Russian by Professor Elena Grigorenko: Report, Slides
Spanish (in French) by Professor Jésus Alegria: Report, Slides
Education reform – The Finnish system (in French) Ms Claude Anttila
Round-up of good practice by Dr Harry Chasty: TalkSlides

Information and Communications Technologies:

Using digital learning technologies to support special needs Professor Diana Laurillard
Presentation of the online course Basics for teachers, ‘Dyslexia – How to recognize it and what to do’ Dr Vincent Goetry
Free and accessible technologies supporting teachers and trainers Ms E.A. Draffan

Summary report from the conference


Interviews with speakers Draffan, Milne, Siegel, Stein and Thomson, teacher Marion Walker, UK, and Petronella Zibanda, Zambia.