New Zealand websites on dyslexia and helping dyslexia
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The Ministry of Education Te Kete Ipurangi website outlines the work programme for implementing dyslexia knowledge to schools and communities. This includes a working definition of dyslexia and a downloadable pdf document "Literature Review: An International Perspective on Dyslexia". On the Team Up website, is a downloadable pamphlet for parents "Dyslexia: Breaking down the barriers" providing basic information.

The Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand is a registered Charitable Trust that was established in October 2006, to provide a voice for and services to all dyslexic people in NZ and those supporting them. (View video on Television New Zealand "Breakfast" show "Foundation to increase dyslexia awareness"). Check the website for events, and reports on discussions with the Ministry of Education. Feedback from many people and organizations around New Zealand interested in and affected by dyslexia has indicated the need for a unified voice to call for change to the current status of dyslexia in our community. The Foundation provides an opportunity for us all to unite and build bridges between everyone working with and supporting dyslexic children and adults including parents, care givers, schools, teachers and educators, the Government and Ministry of Education, and their social support agencies, community groups and information and resource providers. Ruth Dyson, the Minister for Disability Issues, launched the Foundation on 29 November 2006. See the email sent by a member of the Dyslexia Parent Support Group, Auckland, querying some of her reported remarks and the availability of assistance, and the Minister's response (page 1, page 2). The official recognition of dyslexia by the government and announcements on steps to be taken are available on this website.

For Dyslexia Advocacy Week 16-22 March 2015, the emphasis from the Dyslexia Foundation  is on getting it right for Special Assessment Conditions (SACs) for NCEA student and for young dyslexics in the justice system.

Television New Zealand has a number of videos on its website. In July 2006 Paul Henry in "Close Up" interviewed a parent with a dyslexic child, and then the Minister of Education (Steve Maharey) on his views on dyslexia (download transcript). The response by dyslexia researcher Gavin Reid to Steve Maharey is posted on The Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust website.

SPELD New Zealand, the Specific Learning Disabilities Federation of New Zealand, which has 30 member associations throughout New Zealand.

In May 2004 Richard (Rick) Lavoie spoke at the SPELD annual conference in Dunedin, and gave talks to meetings organised by regional branches in Auckland and Tauranga and an interview on National Radio (transcript reproduced with permission of Radio N.Z.)  Listen to his episodes of "Tales from the Road" directly or download as podcasts.

The Learning and Behaviour Charitable Trust (LBCTNZ), who want to ensure young persons with Dyslexia / Attention Difficulties receive an education based on equity and free from discrimination, and the special learning needs of young people are identified, provided for, and funded from within the education system. In 2001 the Trust brought to New Zealand the American author Jonathan Mooney ("Learning outside the lines") talking about his experiences as a dyslexic with ADHD, and dyslexia researcher Gavin Reid speaking on "The Whole of the Moon". Many websites mentioned on their contact page. In March 2003 Anne Henderson, University College, Wales, spoke on "Dyslexia and Mathematics" and her experience in assisting people with dyscalculia. Between 22-31 March 2004 Jane Kirk, University of Edinburgh, held a series of 1-day seminars throughout New Zealand on "Specific Learning Disabilities vs Offending -- a key". In April-May 2006 Thomas West of George Mason University, Washington D.C. gave a series of seminars on "Thinking like Einstein" Dyslexic success, and "In the Mind's Eye". [No recent seminars due to health problems of organiser].

The asTTle (Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning) website is an educational resource for assessing literacy and numeracy (in both English and Māori) developed for the Ministry of Education by the University of Auckland. asTTle provides teachers, students, and parents with information about a student's level of achievement, relative to the curriculum achievement outcomes, for levels 2 to 6 and national norms of performance for students in years 4 to 12. asTTle is a tool that operates in both personal computer (PC) and Mac environments. Teachers can use asTTle to create 40-minute paper and pencil tests designed for their own students' learning needs. Once the tests are scored, the asTTle tool generates interactive graphic reports that allow teachers to analyse student achievement against curriculum levels, curriculum objectives, and population norms (note that students in classrooms with learning difficulties were not excluded from the national norms of performance).

George Parkyn Centre for Gifted Education is a website about the One Day School for gifted primary and intermediate aged children. It builds a child's advanced learning skills to match their learning ability.

New Zealand legislation online is a website where the Parliamentary Counsel Office provides access to all statutes and regulations. Note that under Section 25B(a) of the Education Act 1989, a student is able to be released to receive out-of-school tuition during normal school hours. Also on the New Zealand Parliament website "Questions for Written Answer" can be searched for responses to questions put to Government Ministers by parliamentarians (read a Word file of these questions and answers on dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2006 plus some from 2005 and 2004).

Dyspraxia Support Group of New Zealand a parent-initiated, voluntary support group for all who care for children with Developmental Dyspraxia.

New Zealand site for textHELP!® Systems Ltd products, for literacy software to assist those with learning difficulties.

Teenagers with ADD/ADHD, a New Zealand website on attention deficits offering support and assistance to ADD/ADHD teens and their families.

Dyslexia Parents Resource for Australia and New Zealand provides information on a wide range of topics, plus contacts for organisations.

ADHD.org.nz, the New Zealand ADHD online support group.

Learning Difficulties Coalition of New Zealand (LDCNZ) website, a not-for-profit community group, working to improve the educational and other needs of children, teenagers, and adults with dyslexia, ADHD, and associated difficulties.

Literacy Online. Where can teachers go to find material to increase literacy levels? How can parents help their children improve their level of literacy? The Literacy and Numeracy kete on Te Kete Ipurangi is a useful starting point for families and schools alike.

QPEC (Quality Public Education Coalition) is a voluntary coalition of parents and educators concerned to promote high quality within each sector of public education (see Daniels' court case in N.Z. articles below, the judicial review of Special Education 2000 policy).

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