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.