Dyslexia Research Trust
Who we are
Dyslexia Research Trust www.dyslexic.org.uk
Thousands of bright children and young adults across the UK have difficulty in learning to read and spell. This can have a devastating effect on their school, social and work life.
Through special clinics, the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT) offers people with a range of learning difficulties - including dyslexia - a way forward. It reassures children and their parents that they are not stupid, and offers practical ways to help ensure they can progress to meet their full potential.
Our mission is to investigate the causes of dyslexia, raise awareness and improve the understanding of this condition, and we do this by:
- developing effective treatments through properly controlled research
- carrying out visual assessments for children and adults at our research clinics
- providing unbiased information about dyslexia; giving lectures on our latest findings to academic and public audiences across the UK and abroad
- managing partnership projects on vision, auditory, genetics and nutritional approaches
- providing accurate dyslexia assessments to help with examination, support or workplace needs.
We want every child in the UK with reading difficulties to have the tools to help them become happier, confident individuals who can read competently. Our aim is to affect government policy decisions so that changes can be made to improve education and training in schools. As an entirely self-funded charity, we need your help to continue our good work.
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My Dyslexia Mind - A CBBC Newsround Special
My Dyslexic Mind uses video and animation to give an insight into dyslexia. It cleverly puts people into the shoes of the children featured in the film, so they can feel the frustrations of living with dyslexia and reach a greater understanding of the condition.
In this CBBC Newsround Special, 12 year-old Ben, who has dyslexia, explores the difficulties and frustrations of growing up with this condition, which can be tough but it doesn't necessarily have to hold you back.
During the film, Ben travelled to Oxford University, where tests were carried out by Dr Anna Pitt, Chartered Research Psychologist from the Dyslexia Research Trust.
At the end of the film, Ben met CBBC star Dom Wood on the CBBC show, Absolute Genius. Dom talked about how he wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia until he was 15 and how struggling with literacy made him focus strongly on his artistic talents. He believed that channelling his energy on what he enjoyed made him take the route of 'performing' and he wouldn't be where he is today if it weren't for his dyslexia.