As specific learning disorders are enduring and lifelong, the literacy and numeracy difficulties experienced at school often extend into adulthood and can affect adults in the workplace and when undertaking further learning or training.


Adults with specific learning disorders typically spend considerably longer than individuals without learning difficulties when completing set tasks, and they are significantly underrepresented in tertiary education courses. As an adult, it can be difficult to know where to turn to for support with learning difficulties, whether these difficulties will improve, and whether a formal assessment will be of benefit.

More information for adults

How DSF can help

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation (DSF) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services for individuals with persistent learning difficulties and disorders. Our services are designed to benefit all children struggling with literacy and/or numeracy acquisition, regardless of whether or not they have been identified with a learning disorder (such as dyslexia). We are recognised as a “centre of excellence” in the field of literacy development and in the understanding and response to literacy failure.
 

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