Open Meetings

The CDA hosts five open meetings a year, featuring a mixture of talks and workshops led by by guest speakers and presenters. Entry to these meetings is free to members. Non-members / visitors are asked to make a donation to CDA’s costs.



Tuesday 11th February, 2020

‘Finding My Strengths; Using Dyslexia as My Superpower’

Two or possibly three speakers will talk about discovering they were dyslexic as adults. Kris Kanaram struggled with literacy at school and reading text remains an issue. Moving between two different countries several times as a child did not help either. In his mid-20s he decided to find out what the problem was and explained to his parents that he was not ’stupid’ – he was dyslexic. His career path has taken him from cleaning work, to building sites, hotel maintenance to property development. His skill as a project manager enables him to help others.

At school Pete Trainor says he “graded low-tier in terms of how ‘intelligence’ was measured… but went on to discover there are many forms of intelligence. As a businessman, public speaker and bestselling author, his mission is to challenge the way education and industry perceives intelligence. At school certain children are smart and others – not so much. Often these non-smart kids go on to build bridges, create great art works and write best-selling novels. Not so smart? Or misunderstood? Perhaps the measuring tools to decide who and what is intelligent are all out of whack to begin with.”

Come and hear how our speakers found their strengths. Ask questions and join in the discussion, or simply listen to their stories.

Tuesday 6th October, 2020 Meeting postponed from March

‘Dyslexia and Neurodiversity’

Lynda Wansbury is a Specialist Teacher and Assessor. She is an experienced tutor, working with children and young people with specific learning difficulties, and for many years she trained teachers for Levels 5 and 7 Certificates in SpLD. Lynda now works in a secondary school, assessing pupils for access arrangements and teaching as part of the school’s learning development team.

Neurodiversity includes a wide range of neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and specific language impairment. As an assessor, Lynda recognises many of these differences in her students and as a teacher she has experience of how they impact on those she supports. They may experience difficulties with functional skills such as concentration, organisation, memory, perception. Lynda will talk about how learning differences are assessed and provide hints and tips on coping in an educational setting.

Room Opens 7.30pm (19.30)
Meeting Starts 7.45pm (19.45)
Meeting Finishes 9.00pm (21.00) approximately

Refreshments are available before the meeting It’s no problem if people have to ‘slip in a bit later or leave a bit earlier’


Christ Church Purley

Christ Church Purley, Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN

  • situated on the Brighton Road A235, just north of Purley Town Centre
  • on bus routes 60, 166, 407 & 466 (bus stops close to the church), plus Purley Station is about 500m away
  • car parking available on site
  • meetings are held in the Jericho Room. Enter through the door at the front of the building, cross the Foyer and the entrance is on the left.
Map showing Christ Church Purley


Tuesday 19th May Tuesday 6th October Tuesday 10th November

Entry is free to Croydon Dyslexia Association (CDA) members and their families. Non-members - a donation towards the work of CDA is welcomed.

If you come to a meeting and find it helpful, please do consider supporting CDA by joining the association.