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About the Dyslexia Research Trust

The mission of the Dyslexia Research Trust (DRT) is to help people with reading difficulties, especially young children, to achieve their full potential in life. Professor John Stein says: "Often dyslexic children are very talented. It's just that their talents don't include reading and spelling."

1 in 5 children have exceptional difficulties learning to read.  This is the most common cause of childhood loss of self-esteem, often leading to profound misery and even suicide, or vandalism, violence and criminality. 75% of convicted criminals are barely able to read.

Since 1995, the DRT has been helping to improve the lives of many thousands of young people with reading problems. The DRT was started to provide effective services for children and adults with reading and related problems and to support scientific research into the nature and causes of these conditions.

The DRT Aims:


Through our research, to understand why many children find it so difficult to learn to read.


To help individual children and adults, through our assessments, to understand if their reading struggles are due to visual and/or related problems and enabling them to seek relevant support.


To offer broad access to our advice & services.


To develop and share effective methods for helping children, and adults, to overcome their reading problems.


To raise awareness and to provide a source of unbiased information about dyslexia, its causes, and treatment.


To influence policy makers to enable increased understanding & to implement effective methods of remediation in schools.


To understand and champion the positive aspects of dyslexia and related conditions for the benefit of those affected and of Society in general.

The difficulty of raising money for research into dyslexia led John and Sue to set up the DRT as a charity. It has been able to support research leading to over 100 publications in high impact peer reviewed journals such as 'Nature', 'Lancet' and 'Brain'. Randomised controlled trials have achieved the gold standard of proof of effectiveness. For more information on DRT research, go to Research or contact

The DRT continues to exist thanks to the tremendous support of its donors, volunteers and patrons; it is highly dependent on your generosity and we are enormously grateful to all of you who have helped to keep us going.

Please support the DRT and help us to continue our vital research so that we can continue to help thousands of young people.

The easiest and quickest way to help is by making a single, monthly or annual donation today.

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