Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand (DFNZ) was formed in November 2006 to provide a voice for, and services to, the estimated one in ten New Zealanders with dyslexia as well as to those supporting them.
The DFNZ launch was funded through the generous support of principal sponsor, Cookie Time Charitable Trust, which has also funded several key achievements along the way. Just six months after launch, DFNZ was successful in having the New Zealand Government recognise dyslexia for the first time. Since then, it has been working hard to facilitate greater recognition, understanding and action on dyslexia.
These three steps – recognition, understanding and action – are critical to effectively addressing dyslexia, and are based on the following principles:
- Recognition: identifying and naming the issue
- Understanding: noticing what this means for everyday life – at school, and within the family, and work
- Action: adjusting the approach to improve outcomes – at school, within the family and workplace
DFNZ is the foremost lobby group Dyslexia, and DFNZ advocates for supporting Neurodiversity in two key areas – Education and Justice.
DFNZ works alongside schools, Ministry of Education, NZQA, Principal Youth Court Judge and The NZ Chidlren’s Commisioner , to improve the dyslexic student's experience and achievements by ensuring that legal rights to inclusive learning and accommodations are delivered on.
DFNZ is a registered Charitable Trust, and New Zealand’s only national organisation focused specifically on dyslexia. It does not receive any Government funding and derives its support from the Cookie Time Charitable Trust sponsorship, as well as private and Community Trusts, along with business and public donations.
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