The Foundation is a grassroots not-for-profit social enterprise focused on empowering and assisting those with hidden learning disabilities. It takes a community of support to keep doing our work. Together we are strong, alone we are nothing and with your help, we can change the world for young people and adults with dyslexia so they can live healthier, happier more connected lives.

We know that:

  • 1 in 10 people have dyslexia
  • Dyslexic adults are 46% more likely to attempt suicide compared to the general population
  • Up to 40% of incarcerated people have been identified as dyslexic

Your urgent donation is needed now:
DDF knows that it takes on average 10 years to establish itself as a self-sustaining social enterprise. Over the last year, we have watched the pandemic cripple our community and we are now seeing pandemic burnout being experienced. We need your help to continue to provide the support that was delivered during 2019-20.

Critical funds that you contribute to during 2019-20 enabled us to continue to run our 1800Helpine, produce pour podcasts and convert all our training online. We developed news series to support our community including Question Dys, Mental Health and Thriving and a number of free webinars. We also joined forces with Pointsbuild who have supported us with a new learning management system and co-create an Australian first eLearning course on dyslexia in the workplace. 

We operate on a minimal budget and without any government funding at this stage. To continue the work of the foundation, we need your continued support to help us increase awareness of our service offering across local communities of Australia. 

DDF is committed to raising awareness of dyslexia through direct action and education. We share stories of people living with dyslexia and carry out research to contribute towards evidence-informed practice. The Foundation gives young people and adults a platform to share their lived experience of dyslexia and other learning disabilities. We use storytelling to give people a voice, empowering young people and adults with dyslexia to reach their full potential.


Be part of the journey. Through your support, we can continue to empower young people and adults with dyslexia.

Read our half-yearly report to see all of our achievements thanks to your ongoing support. 

Here is what one community member had to say about the help they received:


Dear Shae,
In our last email, you said to me ‘Your superpower might be resilience and persistence’, this something I think about and gave me the will not to give up on myself and push forward! Thank you so much for inspiring me and being a mentor. Your support and courage helped me to complete my bachelor's degree. I may take longer to learn, but I’ll work harder and appreciate it more! 

Thank you for taking action today!