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Questions for our Education Leaders

Click here to read a pdf file on this issue....  More

Graduate teachers lack the skills to teach reading

A recent newspaper article on this issue and be read by clicking here....  More

Open letter to State Government re #give a damn for dyslexia

Click here to read our Open Letter to the State Government. Click here to read the article from the AEU Journal about Gonski and learning difficulties which we refer to in our letter above....  More

Ella Sawyer Gets Her Hair-cut For Charity

Ella's hair now maybe a little shorter, but her sacrifice has helped 3 great organisations. Dyslexia SA, the Cancer Council SA and her beautiful long hair will now be made into a wig for cancer patien...  More

Petition to bring Mr Channing Tatum to Adelaide

Dyslexia SA has started a petition over at with the aim of bringing Film Actor and Producer, and well-known Dyslexic, Mr. Channing Tatum to Adelaide.  You can read more and sign the petiti...  More

Current Issues

My Red Letter Competition

All the inspiring ‘red letters’ by students and parents from the My Red Letter Competition 2016 can be read here. This book of letters was presented to Senator Simon Birmingham, Federal Education ...  More

Fun Phonics Facts

31 Facts a Day for Dyslexia Awareness Month – October 2016 - Click here to read them!...  More

Light it Red for Dyslexia – October 2016

Click here to read all about the "Light it Red for Dyslexia" event coming in October 2016...  More

Literacy Expo

The 2016 Literacy Expo now has it's own page on our web site - click here to be taken there. Click here to be taken to the Cvent page and sign up for the event, or check out the information below. ...  More

Dyslexia Friendly Schools

Click here to read our response to the Labor Policy Fact Sheet....  More

Upcoming Events

Taking the Hell out of Homework

NAAB Branch - Free Event - To be presented by Neil Mackay on Thursday 20th October 2016. Click here to download the event information brochure....  More

Improving Literacy Outcomes Meeting

On 6th May 2016 representatives from Dyslexia SA met with the DECD Learning Improvement Team to discuss ways to improve literacy outcomes. Further meetings are in the pipeline.  ...  More

SACE Special Provisions Survey

The SACE Special Provisions Survey can be filled out below, but we have been told that users of some mobile devices may encounter problems, if so, please use this direct link instead. // Cre...  More

Janice McPhail’s Hands-on Literary Workshops

Two fun "Hands-on Literacy" Workshops for Parents are planned for April 2016   5th April - Workshop One: Reading Basics - Learn, do and take home! Introduction to the letter sounds, audi...  More

Bill Hansberry’s Workshops

Bill Hansberry - The 3 D’s - Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia   Understanding them How they affect student's functioning at school How to make life at school more positive for student...  More

About Us


We are a group of parents, community members, educators and health professionals concerned with the well-being and success of people with dyslexia and dyslexia type learning needs ( DTLN).

Our History



Dyslexia SA began in 2012 as Dyslexia Action Group Barossa And Gawler Surrounds (DAGBAGS) after concerned parents and educators decided to address the issues surrounding the 20% of students who were under-achieving at school.

In 2015 the group was asked to expand to become state wide enabling other regional groups in the state to become one united group supporting the improved learning outcomes of students with dyslexia and DTLN.

Bunyip Article – Sept 2012 – Click to read full screen

To the right is an article from the Gawler Bunyip Newspaper about the DAGBAGS.










Our Mission


  • Empowering early years settings, schools, work places and families to support and assist individuals with Dyslexia or Dyslexic Type Learning Needs to access positive, meaningful, responsive and relevant education and employment.
  • Supporting Education sectors in implementing evidence based Wave/Tier 1, 2 & 3 quality teaching as part of a Dyslexia Aware School model to ensure they are provided with the opportunity for learning success in reading, writing & spelling.
  •  To raise awareness of Dyslexia within the community.

Our Vision


Dyslexia SA Incorporated is a not for profit charity group, dedicated to empowering families and raising awareness of Dyslexia.  We are committed to improving the learning outcomes of individuals as measured by NAPLAN results and school attendance/completion data.

We will do this by adhering to our 6 point plan

  • Earliest Screening and Intervention

Today we possess sufficient knowledge regarding the components of reading to diagnose almost every child in kindergarten (Reception) at risk of learning difficulties.’ Maryanne Wolf 2008. The single most important factor and predictor of successful literacy acquisition is phonological awareness. Screening of phonological awareness by teachers to identify ‘at risk’ students should be done in their first term at school. Tier 1 (Prevention) Quality, multi-sensory, explicit classroom instruction at all year levels. Tier 2 (Targeted intervention with a trained literacy teacher) Excellent, multi-sensory explicit small group instruction.

  • Dyslexia Aware Schools

Whole school training – Focusing on changing attitudes and perceptions to improve literacy outcomes for all learners. Presenting Dyslexia as a preferred way of learning rather than a disability. Schools who meet the criteria are awarded the DAS Quality Mark.

  • Severe Dyslexia – Tier 3 – Intensive Intervention

A percentage of children who have received early intervention and high quality classroom programs will experience persistent and severe difficulties with the literacy demands of the regular classroom. These students will be at a high risk of non-school completion. Principles of Tier 3 specialist teaching must include: An integrated program of phonology, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax & semantics; direct thorough instruction; structured and sequential learning; multi-sensory activities and meta-cognitive strategies.

  • Special Provisions in SACE Examinations for those with Learning Disabilities Changes to be made:

Recognition by the SACE board of the processing difficulties of all students with Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities and the need for SACE to allow extra time and accommodations in alignment with the recommendations from current research. Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities do not ‘go away’ they impact on a person for life. The SACE board needs to be prompt in its response to applications for accommodations.

  • Mandatory Pre-service teacher training and ongoing professional development in regard to learning disabilities including Dyslexia

Currently, knowledge of learning disabilities varies greatly across Australia. Many teachers complete their pre-service training with little or no understanding of learning disabilities, their symptoms, and effective strategies to assist students (Louden et al, 2000). All pre-service and practising teachers must receive compulsory training in evidence based reading instruction, on how to teach reading to students of any age.

  • The effects of Dyslexia on Mental Health

The Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals 2008 outlined two goals – 1. Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence. 2. All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. Literacy under-achievement has high hidden social and economic costs. The connection between under-achievement in literacy (especially in reading), poor behaviour, reduced health and well-being and crime is a major community health issue (DeWalt et al, 2004). Governments need to recognise Dyslexia and provide funding to schools so students with Dyslexia have equitable access to education.

Membership Details and Forms


Membership is free and can be for Dyslexia SA and/or a Dyslexia SA branch.

Click here to download a Dyslexia SA/Branch Membership Application Form.



Click here to check out our Awards page.

Our Branches


Click here to see the NAAB (Northern Adelaide and Barossa) Branch page.

Click here to see the LMNL (Lower Mid North and Light) Branch page.


Contact Us


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