History

SPELD SA was founded on the 29th May 1969


From day one we have been responding to a clear and present need in the community; that is to advance the education and general welfare of individuals with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, through the provision of quality information and professional services to individuals, families, schools and other organisations.

From humble beginnings we were led by a band of volunteers who were prepared to give their energy and enthusiasm to ensure the growth of a fledgling organisation.

Shirley Dibden was our first Foundation Director and Committee meetings were held at the Dibden’s residence.

Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr John Slade, SPELD SA moved to premises overlooking Light’s Vision. By the mid-70s our services were growing, and we moved to our current premises thanks to the generosity of the State Government and Norwood Council.

Shirley Dibden served as Foundation Director of SPELD SA for almost 25 years. Her services to the community were recognised in 1976 when she was made a Member of the Order of Australia and, in 1994, when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her outstanding work in education and literacy by Flinders University. Shirley retired from SPELD SA in 1991.

In 2003, with support from the Lions Club of Glenside, we redeveloped our home to create a new library space and extend our training and conference space.


Shirley Dibden

Founding Member of SPELD SA Inc

Remmington Pyne

Foundation Committee Member

Angela Weeks

Past Director SPELD SA

Our building has changed, services have changed but SPELD SA remains a small organisation with a dedicated staff, good friends, a wise and supportive Council to provide guidance, and longstanding volunteers. Thanks to a wide network of tutors, parents and other professionals, SPELD SA's influence continues to spread throughout South Australia and beyond.
Today SPELD SA is a Centre of Excellence offering evidence based services and supports to individuals with specific learning difficulties and those who teach and care for them.
Become a SPELD Member today and join us in supporting people with a learning difficulty or please make a donation. Your generous support of our work is gratefully received.

SPELD SA is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1969. We provide advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who care for, teach, and work with them.

Our organisation is governed by a council, whose members include parents, teachers, accountants, lawyers, psychologists, optometrists, doctors, speech pathologists and other interested professionals.

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