Is Dyslexia a disability? Dyslexia definitely makes life more challenging. So much of the information that we consume is in written form – from books to instruction manuals to the internet. Reading difficulties can make accessing the information we need a frustrating experience.
But is Dyslexia a considered a disability in Australia? If so, what funding and help is available?
Dyslexia In Australia – Statistics
How common is dyslexia in Australia? According to the Australian Dyslexia Association, around 10% of the Australian population are dyslexic – but the figure may be higher, as many dyslexic persons have not been diagnosed. Other countries such as the US, Canada and the UK estimate up to 20% of the population are dyslexic.
So that means over 2,500,000 Australians are dyslexic. If Australian figures are in reality the same as estimates from other English speaking countries, there could as many as 5,000,000 dyslexic Australians!
Dyslexia is a learning disability
Dyslexia is a disability – commonly referred to as a type of Specific Learning Disability (SLD).
Is dyslexia a disability in Australia?
Is dyslexia a disability according to the NDIS?
So if it isn’t classed as a disability that attracts funding in Australia, can you use NDIS funding for dyslexia?
Dyslexia & NDIS – How you can use your NDIS funding
The NDIS doesn’t directly cover dyslexia as a disability, but depending on your situation you may be able to allocate some of your funds to improve your reading skills.
If you already qualify for the NDIS, you have already chosen a plan management type.
What programs are available for dyslexia treatment?
Sonic Learning has specifically designed the 3 Step Reading Program to help persons with dyslexia.
- Australian Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia In Australia
- Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, Understanding The Law
- The Dyslexia Association (UK), Equality Act and Dyslexia
- Federal Register of Legislation website, Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- Department of Social Services website, The Australian Government response to the recommendations of the Dyslexia Working Party Report
- Mayo Clinic website, Dyslexia
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