Statement from DYT Director Christopher Rossiter on Dyslexia Action:
It was announced yesterday that Dyslexia Action is to close after 40 years of providing services and support to thousands of children and adults effected by dyslexia.
Driver Youth Trust were sorry to learn this sad news and we would like to pay tribute to Dyslexia Action for their 40 years of service supporting people with dyslexia.
As a leading voice in the dyslexia world the closure of Dyslexia Action has come as a surprise. I am particularly aware that this will be a very difficult time for all of those whose jobs are now at risk; some of whom I have known and worked with over my career.
I am sure for some, rather than escaping for a relaxing Easter break, they are now thinking about their careers and how to make sure they can continue to provide for their families. None of us want to be in that situation.
There will also be children, parents and adults who are currently receiving support from Dyslexia Action and they will rightly be concerned about what happens next.
For children and young people, a dyslexia assessment can mean receiving the right support in their education, gaining valuable extra time in a crucial exam and accessing college or university. For adults, it could mean getting help from your employer so that you can demonstrate your strengths in the workplace.
The demise of Dyslexia Action is wake up call for all charities. Large organisations doing good work can and do collapse.
Now is the time for organisations working in the field of dyslexia, SEND and literacy to go beyond our own interests and find solutions to help those who may be adversely effected. Let us show unity for the people we represent and work so hard for.