Following the hugely successful Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2013 (which ran from 13 – 19 October) and the launch of a much awaited UK-wide Helpline Service, the Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce its new-look website, thanks to a grant from Olympus KeyMed.
The new, improved site – designed by t-morph (a Cambridge-based web design company) – went live during the final weekend of the nationwide campaign and now features even more information, advice and “signposting for support” – as well as an exciting new online shop.
The Dyspraxia Foundation – the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – has always relied on its website and other social media platforms as a vital communications tool. The Foundation – aware of its young and web-friendly audience – has always been ‘ahead of the game’ in terms of building up a strong following on networks such as twitter and Facebook and now engages with an online community of over 14,000.
Due to serious funding issues over the past five years, the charity was unable to make the investment it would have liked to the main website and to add a range of planned design and functionality improvements.
However, thanks to a generous grant from the leading healthcare and electronics company, Olympus KeyMed – the Dyspraxia Foundation has now been able to unveil its new look website (www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk ).
This comes in addition to a significant grant from the Big Lottery Fund earlier this year, which has allowed the charity to launch the aforementioned telephone helpline and a full-time information officer
Eleanor Howes, General Manager of the charity says; “The new website really is the icing on the cake and completes the full ‘communications and information package’ that we were delighted to launch during our annual awareness week in October.
“We are enjoying working with the teams at both Olympus KeyMed and t-morph and I think I speak for everyone by saying how pleased we all are with the new website. We look forward to adding new information and relaunching our online shop in the forthcoming weeks”
She adds; “We are here to talk about dyspraxia and to provide valuable information and advice about this frequently misunderstood condition. This bright, bold and user-friendly new website is another way of helping us to achieve that goal.”
Once often referred to as ‘clumsy child’ syndrome, dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a common condition affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in both children and adults.
While DCD is often regarded as an umbrella term to cover motor coordination difficulties, dyspraxia refers to those people who have additional problems planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order, in everyday situations. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought.
Dyspraxia affects around 5% of the population (2%, severely) and males are up to three times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families – and there are believed to be one to two children affected in every class of 30 children.
Families, parents, teachers and healthcare professionals – as well as adults affected by dyspraxia – are very welcome to call the Helpline Service on 01462 454986 which is manned by volunteers from 9am- 5pm, Monday – Friday.
Help, advice and downloadable resources are available 24/7 from www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
Any other queries can be dealt with by calling the charity’s administration line on 01462 455016 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to order books or to sign up for membership.