“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 is a charity that 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 charity and a social enterprise and all our income from our commercial services (assessments, 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 dyslexia screening and an initial information session
An understanding of their dyslexia
Improved literacy, numeracy and IT skills
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
Who we are...
The Adult Dyslexia Centre is a charity that 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 was 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,
They are supported by the board of trustees and a team of volunteers.
Manager, Assessor and Course Tutor
Sue Penton - Voak
Assessors & Tutors