“At the Centre we approach dyslexia in a holistic way - helping the person as a whole and not just some of the 'educational' aspects they may
want to improve upon - this is very different to other learning environments and it works well. Nothing has enriched my life nor my
professional practice as much as the people I work with. It is a privilege to be involved in this work.”
Debbie Farnfield, co-founder, former manager and chair of trustees.
What do we do?
The Adult Dyslexia Centre has been supporting dyslexic adults in the Thames Valley since 2003 from its base in Maidenhead, Berkshire. We support dyslexic adults by advising, developing skills and confidence and thus connecting them to further opportunities. We support over 300 people each year.
What makes us different?
We provide services to adults at low or subsidised cost so that lack of funds is not a barrier to accessing our services. The people we support are often unemployed, on low income or have missed out on education so we aim to give them the skills and confidence to find better opportunities at work and in education.
We are a social enterprise and all our income from our commercial services (assessment, teacher and parents courses, awareness training) is used to help fund our primary purpose to support adults disadvantaged by dyslexia.
We offer dyslexic adults:
Information about dyslexia - this includes free dyslexia screening and an initial information session
Understanding of their dyslexia
Improved literacy and numeracy and IT
The centre also provides:
Assessments for children as well as adults
Support and courses for parents of dyslexic children
Courses for teachers of dyslexic learners
Information for employers and trainers on how they can help dyslexic employees
Dyslexia Awareness Training and consultancy services for employers and organisations
Since November 2005 the Adult Dyslexia Centre has been accredited with the Matrix Standard.
Matrix is the national quality standard for any organisation that delivers information, advice and guidance.
Read our Statement of Service:
Who we are...
The Adult Dyslexia Centre was opened in September 2003 by Debbie Farnfield, a tutor of adults with dyslexia, and Sue Penton-Voak, active in the local One to One club which her daughter attended. They both felt that there is very little support for adults with dyslexia and so the aim of the centre has always been to boost confidence, develop skills and improve the individual’s understanding of their dyslexia.
The Centre’s staff members are a dedicated team of professional tutors and assessors, led by the manager,
Sara Thomassen, and the Chair of Trustees, Debbie Farnfield.
They are supported by the board of trustees and a team of volunteers.
Manager, Assessor and Course Tutor
Sue Penton - Voak
Assessors & Tutors