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Goals for the European Dyslexia Association
The main goals of EDA is to inform people, politicians, policy makers, trade and commerce unions and pressure groups in Europe about the necessity of supporting those who are dyslexic or DYS in a positive way, in order to avoid negative consequences caused by inappropriate education and training, low self-esteem and under-achievement which may lead to social exclusion.
With its wide angle of activities it facilitates the exchange of information and good practice through international networking and lobbying. In partnership with its member organisations, the EDA will challenge prejudice and ignorance to ensure that people with dyslexia and DYS are empowered to reach their full potential.
European DYS-organisations already work together in a Europe-wide network as far as it concerns common targets towards European Institutions. The EDA has positive experiences from working together with EDF and would encourage other DYS organisations to join the EDF to enhance the influence on the European Institutions. This would facilitate exchange of information and good practice through international networking and lobbying in partnership with member organisations, governmental bodies and professionals working within the different ‘dys’ communities.
A critical impact consist in the circumstance that for the part of the population with dyslexia it is very difficult to consume written information like books in normal print/format. In fact these persons are reading/print impaired. Therefore our members and beneficiaries are interested in the availability of published works in accessible formats, such as large print, Daisy, audio and braille, which can be read and enjoyed by all visually impaired and other reading disabled persons.
The EDA is closely working together with the World Blind Union and the European Blind lobbying the Copyright Committee (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to formulate such a Treaty on Copyright and the Visually Impaired. The target is to ensure that every child and adult with Dyslexia, Dysphasia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia or Attention Deficit Disorder, etc has the right to access and to receive appropriate identification, support and opportunity to achieve their full potential in education, training, employment and all aspects of life.
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