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What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty which affects 1 in 10 people in the UK.

It causes problems with spelling, reading and writing and is usually diagnosed during childhood. People with dyslexia struggle to process how written word sounds correspond to letters.

What causes dyslexia?

The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown, but it appears to run in families so is thought to be connected to genes inherited from parents.

Dyslexia is not related to intelligence, and can affect people of all abilities.

There is no cure for dyslexia, however there are techniques which can make spelling, reading, writing and managing tasks easier.

What are the symptoms of dyslexia?

Dyslexia can cause people to:

  • Read and write slowly
  • Confuse the order of letters in words
  • Write letters the wrong way round
  • Have poor spelling
  • Struggle to understand or process written information
  • Find planning and organisation difficult

Are you affected by dyslexia?

If you’re affected by dyslexia, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with dyslexia, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with dyslexia from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with dyslexia

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with dyslexia? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including dyslexia, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on dyslexia and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

The Brain Charity’s library has a range of resources on dyslexia and on many other neurological conditions.

Visit our library to read Can I tell you about Dyslexia?Dyslexia : An introductory guide, Dyslexia In Primary Schools and An Employer’s Guide To Dyslexia, or search the catalogue online here.

Support groups

The British Dyslexia Association

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Are you interested in setting up a dyslexia support group, or do you already run one? Email activities@thebraincharity.org.uk to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

The British Dyslexia Association

Helpline: 0333 405 4567.
Website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Dyslexia Action

Helpline: 01784 222300
Website: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

Dyslexia Foundation

Helpline: 0151 709 0545
Website: dyslexiafoundation.org

Dyslexia-SpLD Trust