Join us at the British Dyslexia Association International Conference

Over the past 15 years I’ve spent most of my working career in the dyslexia field. Spending 5 ½ years working for the British Dyslexia Association was a deep honour and a real growth in my ability to understand my dyslexia.

In less than a week’s time the British Dyslexia Associations 11th International Conference takes place 12th – 14th April in Telford the home of Scanning Pens. This is a unique opportunity for teachers and practitioners to get involved and to really understand the academic and current research in understanding and supporting of dyslexia.

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This year the International Conference has a unique opportunity on Saturday 14th April there is an Expo opportunity for parents to see some world-class speakers including Dr Lindsay Peer, Dr Tilly Mortimer and Dr Helen Curtis. The speakers will give you a real insight in the impact of dyslexia and ways that you as a parent can support students. There is also a unique talk in understanding the legal position from the school to tribunals by leading solicitor Mr Andrew Barraclough. This event will also include a panel of experts for you as parents to ask your questions. The event culminates with a unique opportunity for you to talk to and explore some of the leading companies within the education community where you can find resources, books and assistive technology to support your children or even your dyslexia.

As a severely dyslexic adult by understanding my dyslexia was the way that I was able to change my life, I was very insecure, depressed and stressed throughout much of my educational life but once I learnt to understand my difficulties I was able to grow in my strengths. I look forward to seeing you at the BDA’s International Conference either as a teacher or practitioner throughout the three days or on the Saturday at this unique parent’s event.

Look forward to seeing you

Arran Smith Scanning Pens Dyslexia Adviser


The British Dyslexia Association presents Seeing Dyslexia Differently at International Conference 2018

This year marks the 11th International British Dyslexia Association (BDA) International Conference (IC) which explores research, developments and inspiration in the dyslexia and learning difficulties field.

Over 800 attendees from the worldwide academic, corporate, and public sectors are expected at this year’s international conference held at the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire from 12th -14th April 2018, making it the largest international conference and exhibition focusing on dyslexia.

More than 50 sessions are devoted to the latest trends and developments around the conference theme: Evidence to practise and back again.

Professor Susan Gathercole (Cambridge University) and BDA Chair says “Professor Susan Gathercole (Cambridge University) and BDA Academic Committee Chair says “The educational climate continues to change rapidly and our aim at the BDA is to make accessible the cutting edge of dyslexia development for our attendees. With our key sponsors Scanning Pens and Microsoft, the International Conference programme is designed to fit many different styles of learning. We offer discussions and debates, hands-on live demo zones and workshops, and have exhibitors and guests from start-ups through to the most established corporations.” 


In addition to the platform for education world leaders and organisations to showcase and discuss collaborative solutions, the IC provides an unrivalled opportunity for networking and has become a fixture on the learning difficulties and dyslexia calendar.

International Keynote speakers include

·       Professor Daniel Ansari - Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

·       Professor Simon Fisher – Director, Institute of Psycholinguistics

·       Professor John Gabrieli – London Metropolitan University

·       Professor Linnea Ehri – City University, New York

·       Professor Manuel Casanova – Chair, Childhood Neurtherapeutics

·       Professor Victor van Daal – Edge Hill University

·       Professor Susan Gathercole – Cambridge University and BDA Chair

·       Professor Amanda Kirby – University of South Wales

·       Professor Rob Savage - UCL



NEW Parents and Carers Day

A Parents’ and Carers’ event will be hosted on Saturday, alongside the conference day! This event is aimed at parents and carers of young people with dyslexia and those who have a general interest in finding out more about this learning difference. Tickets are limited and cost £20 and will offer engaging live demo’s, discussions and inspiring concepts around supporting children, what changes in SEND means for you, and legal information as well as lots more.


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