Dyslexia Action (formally the Dyslexia Institute) is a non profit organisation based in the UK, providing support to those affected by dyslexia and literacy difficulties, across all sectors and training providers. The organisation also provides specialised training to teachers through a variety of internal and outsourced courses and projects, as well as undertaking research on, and raising awareness of, the various issues surrounding dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
The charity was formed in 2005 when the Dyslexia Institute merged with Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, and was renamed as Dyslexia Action in March 2006.
Under its previous title, Dyslexia Action had been providing teaching and support for dyslexic children and adults, as well as specialist training for teachers, from 1972. It was initially founded as the Dyslexia Institute by Kathleen Hickey and Wendy Fisher, as a progression from the Surrey Dyslexia Institute, which had been in existence since 1968.
By 1981, the Institute had acquired 12 centres nationwide, and in 1993, the Institute began to offer its own Postgraduate Diploma course validated by Kingston University, and later York University. In February 2003 HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, agreed to become the organisation's Patron. In July 2003 the Countess opened the Institutes Head Office at Park House in Egham, Surrey.
As of 2010, the charity had 26 centres, 37 outposts and 60 school units nationwide, and ran outreach projects in schools across the UK. It provided assessment, education and training as well as developing e-learning and providing teaching materials to teachers and pupils alike. Other projects involve working with prison and probation services, supporting adults and working with employers.
The organisation is aiming to remove barriers to learning, employment and personal fulfilment for those affected by dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. It has outlined assessments, specialist teaching, training, research, provision of teaching materials, raising awareness and campaigning as the principal tools in achieving this.