Welcome to the Leeds and Bradford Dyslexia Association (LABDA)

(incorporating Selby Dyslexia Association)

What is LABDA

LABDA, as it is known, is the shortened name for Leeds and Bradford Dyslexia Association situated in West Yorkshire. It is a group of parents, teachers and otherswho have a keen interest in dyslexia.

The Association was formed in 1987 by two mothers whose children were having difficulties at school, which was later diagnosed as dyslexia. Two years later LABDA obtained charity status. Currently we have a membership of 60 members. We have a committee made up of parents and teachers, all of whom are volunteers: we have no paid staff.

LABDA is the local area group affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) offering a wide range of support:

  • We offer a helpline service to help all dyslexic people wherever we can
  • A Befriender service for parents who are experiencing difficulties with schools
  • Computer club for children from the age of 8 years old
  • Acitivities jointly with the BDA
  • A library service of dyslexia related books

BDA is the national voice of dyslexic people and their main aims are:

  • Lobbying for changes in the education system at government level.
  • Securing better support for students at university.
  • Providing support and training for local Dyslexia Associations.

Offering training to teachers and teaching assistants throughout the country.

The Free School Leeds

An image of parents walking their child in an open field
We are aiming to open a Dyslexia Friendly Mainstream School in September 2013.

It will be a primary school for children from 4 to 11 years old. It will offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a clear emphasis upon the individual needs and potential of the child. We will welcome children of all abilities, faiths, social and cultural backgrounds.

For more information visit our website freeschoolleeds.com and please fill in the survey to help us with our plans.