Dyspraxia Foundation launches UK helpline

A unique national charity the Dyspraxia Foundation announced this week it will be launching a new helpline thanks to a major grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The £166,265 grant to cover the next three years will enable the charity to reopen its helpline.

Two years ago the charity, based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire was forced to close the helpline after funding fell in the recession.

Michele Lee, Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation said: “We are overjoyed with this funding which will mean we will be able to help the 12,000 people who come to us for urgent advice each year with a dramatically improved service over the next three years.

As a result of the Big Lottery Fund grant we can relaunch our helpline and develop new advice leaflets and information materials. Although dyspraxia affects two children in every classroom very few people know much about it so it is crucial we continue our work to raise awareness.”

The funding will reduce educational exclusion and increase the employability of people with the condition. A series of workshops will take place in Manchester and Birmingham aimed at parents, adults with Dyspraxia, teachers and medical professionals and will be run in association with local disability groups. The workshops will be filmed and highlights will be made available online to widen the reach of the project.

The project will engage with young people through social media, as well as the chance to speak to other sufferers who are experiencing similar problems.

A text service for deaf people with Dyspraxia will also be developed, and adults who are struggling in the workplace will be given advice on communicating effectively.

Dyspraxia is a little known but relatively common lifelong neurological disorder affecting up to six per cent of the population. It can affect all areas of emotional, physical, language, intellectual, social and sensory development. They may often be misunderstood and misdiagnosed with behaviours, lack of co-ordination and frustration being seen as disruptive. Young adults with Dyspraxia have a higher chance of being unemployed, reading and writing difficulties and having a criminal record.




Notes to Editors
For more information please contact the Dyspraxia Foundation Office on 01462 455016 or email admin@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk. A photo is available.

About dyspraxia
Developmental dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought.

Dyspraxia is thought to affect 5-10% of the population and up to two per cent severely. Males are three times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families and there may be an overlap with other related conditions. Statistically, it is likely that there are two children in every class of 30 children with dyspraxia and there are many adults who are unaware that they have the condition.

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