We are the Croydon Dyslexia Association (CDA for short), an independent registered charity set up in 1981 and a member of the British Dyslexia Association.
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Dyslexia is recognised as a disability that gives rise to Special Educational Needs (SEN).

In September 2014, the UK Government introduced a new system to fund support to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

More information about this system and what is available for Croydon children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is available on Croydon Local Offer.

CDA Membership

Our diverse membership reflects the range of people who can be affected by dyslexia on a day to day basis and includes:

  • Dyslexic individuals
  • Parents of dyslexics
  • Teachers of dyslexics
  • Many different professionals interested in specific learning difficulties.
  • Corporate members, such as schools, colleges, other local agencies and businesses.

Our Aims

  • Provide support and information to children and adults who are either directly affected by dyslexia or are close to someone who is affected by dyslexia
  • Raise public and professional awareness of dyslexia/SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties)

What does the CDA do?

As well as providing links to information via this website, we:

  • Host 4-5 themed meetings a year in Purley, all open to members and non-members. N.B. Meetings have been held on Zoom over the past 2 years
  • Offer a local Helpline service
  • Run weekly Literacy Support workshops for students in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 during term time
  • Provide a Dyslexia screening service for children aged 6 to 16.
  • Issue 3 newsletters a year (Jan, Apr & Sep) giving information about forthcoming local and national events