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.
In 2020 Dyslexia SA decided to join SPELD SA in their work to support children and adults with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Dyslexia SA was established in 2012 by a group of volunteer parents, community members, educators and health professionals concerned with the well-being and success of people with dyslexia and dyslexia type learning needs (DTLN). Together SPELD SA and Dyslexia SA, operating under the new brand of SPELD SA, will continue to expand its services to support more children and adults with learning difficulties.
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.
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.
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.