Dyslexia causing financial stress to 66% of families with condition

66% of Irish families with a dyslexic child are under severe financial stress.

The DAI, Ireland's advocacy organisation for those with dyslexia, revealed that the majority of children in Ireland have to seek a dyslexia assessment privately, placing huge financial strain on parents.

The average annual cost associated with assessment, tuition and technology is €1,200, according to the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, who are today hosting their seventh European Conference with over 250 delegates from all over Europe.

Rosie Bissett, CEO of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, said the current assessment system is flawed.

"If you're applying to for instance, the DARE access route to third level, students need an up-to-date assessment report," she said.

"The system is such that a child may have been assessed at seven … they may be assessed again to constantly prove you have dyslexia, time and time again.

"It's placing huge financial stress on some families."

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