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Local Dyslexia Associations

Local Dyslexia Associations (LDAs) have been a part of the BDA structure since 1972. They are predominantly independent charities that join the BDA because of our shared goals of dyslexic people to reach their full potential, being part of the dyslexic voice to lobby government and make ourselves heard in the media.

Local Dyslexia Associations receive benefits such as

  • Dyslexia Contact magazine distributed to their members
  • key consultation on policy issues
  • representation on BDA management board
  • an invitation to AGMs and members day
  • representation on the Local Association Board
  • a copy of the latest dyslexia Handbook
  • Local Dyslexia Associations can also purchase insurance for their group
  • Helpliners will receive free training - click here to register your helpliner's details.
  • Download our booklet that outlines how helpliner training works

To become an LDA you will need

  • a minimum of three members
  • a membership system
  • a constitution or governance document (which we can forward to you as a template)
  • to work within charity/not for profit objectives
  • to have the same values of supporting dyslexic people as the British Dyslexia Association.

All-new LDA’s are approved as members of the British Dyslexia Association by the Local Association Board who will work with you to achieve registration.

If you are interested in joining as a Local Dyslexia Association, please contact our membership officer on