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Useful links Australia & New Zealand

For useful links in other parts of the world please click on an area listed below:
United Kingdom


AUSPELD (The Australian Federation of SPELD associations)
Helpline Tel: (08) 9217 2500

AUSPELD, The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations, responds to the needs of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, such as the learning disability dyslexia, and those who care for, teach, and work with them, through the dissemination of information, advocacy, research, and support.

The State Associations section of their site provides contact details and a brief description of each of the state organisations which are members of AUSPELD.

The Resources section contains useful links, SPELD NSW's Teachers Skills Package (TSP), and details of Richard Lavoie Videos, DVD's and Books which are available for sale.

The Advocacy section contains submisisons made by AUSPELD and state SPELD associations to Federal and State Inquiries. View the latest document, AUSPELD Focus Paper - May 2007.

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA
Helpline Tel: (08)9217 2500

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation provides a range of services and family support throughout Western Australia to enable children and adults with specific learning disabilities to realise their greatest potential.

Core purpose To become the Centre of Excellence for information sharing, identification education and ongoing support for children and adults with dyslexia, their families, those who teach and the wider community.

SPELD Foundation SA
Helpline Tel: 08 8431 1655

Who they are? The name SPELD stands for SPEcific Learning Difficultiesrn SPELD is a non profit organisation that provides advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who care for, teach, and work with them. SPELD (SA) was founded in 1969.SPELD is run by a council, whose members include parents, teachers, accountants, lawyers, psychologists, optometrists, doctors, speech pathologists and other interested professionals.SPELD recieves an annual grant from the Minister for Education and Children's Services and is also reliant on donations from the public.

Helpline Tel: 08 9451 9477

Who They Are? Part of the National Federation of SPELD Associations, AUSPELD, SPELD NSW is a non-profit-making association of parents and professional persons interested and involved in advancing the education and general well-being of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties / learning disability.

SPELD NSW strives to support, disseminate information and advocate in response to the needs of children and adults who have Specific Learning Difficulties and those who teach and care for them by:

  • supporting their educational and daily life needs,
  • supporting teachers, other professionals and kindred associations rn
  • promoting knowledge of and equal access to all aspects of education which accommodates the needs of children and adults with SLD,
  • acting as advocates on behalf of the target population in advancing collaboration and communication with educational and government authorities and other relevant bodies.

New Zealand

Helplines and email: view their contacts page to find the one closest to you.

SPELD NZ, the Specific Learning Disabilities Federation, has 29 member associations nationwide. The not-for-profit organisation was set up in 1971 to help children who were not realising their educational potential because of various specific learning disabilities - children who learn differently.

Parents and SPELD tutors provide assistance to people of all ages with learning problems, notably dyslexia. Other conditions include dyscalculia, dyspraxia, aphasia, attention deficits (ADD and ADHD) and various degrees of autism.

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