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DSF Literacy and Clinical Services

We seek to give aid to children and adults diagnosed with learning disorders, with special emphasis on dyslexia.

Formally known as the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of West Australia Inc., it seeks to give aid to children and adults diagnosed with learning disorders, with special emphasis on dyslexia. Having been actively involved for over 40 years, DSF Literacy & Clinical Services relentlessly continues to ensure that children and adults with learning disabilities are adequately supported and nurtured so as to realize their full potential.

In addition, DSF Literacy & Clinical Services gives advice to families and teachers on the most effective strategies of improving literacy in their wider community. It also directly provides access to resources for children and adults diagnosed with learning diseases and offers support at the school or employment level. It is recognized as a “centre of excellence” in the field of literacy development.

Core Values

Staff at espouse these values:

  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Fairness

The Purpose

The purpose of DSF Literacy & Clinical Services is to aid children and adults living with learning disabilities to live a normal life by providing support and access to resources. This is in line with DSF’s guiding ideology, “Every child deserves the gift of reading…”

The DSF Vision

To be the leading light in providing assistance to West Australian children and adults diagnosed with learning disabilities.

The Services

DSF Literacy & Clinical Services (DSF) offers the following:

Free Information Evenings

Information evenings are held on the first Wednesday of every month (excluding January) from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at DSF’s halls located within their building. These evenings are the perfect opportunity to acquire information on challenges faced by those suffering from learning disabilities.


If you are in need of professional advice provided during a 30 to 40 minute consultation, you may contact DSF and book a session. These sessions provide a confidential forum to discuss issues that are of primary concern to all children and adults with learning disabilities. Listed below are but a few of the numerous challenges that face these individuals:

  • Academic performance
  • Language development
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Further learning; and
  • Career prospects


DSF employs a strong workforce of registered psychologists specializing in different learning disabilities to conduct psycho-educational and functional literacy assessments.


DSF makes use of the services of numerous teachers that tend to the needs of children and adults suffering from dyslexia and other learning disabilities through a one on one forum.

Professional Learning

DSF offers professional learning courses and workshops on the effect of learning disabilities. These sessions are held throughout the year at DSF’s headquarters or can be tailored to fit a specific school.

Parents’ and Students’ workshop

These workshops are held to help parents better understand the needs of their children and how to better communicate these needs to the relevant authorities in the school. Another objective of these workshops is to help people affected by learning disabilities to acquire self-esteem and confidence.


DSF stocks an on-site library with books, games and other resources that help in developing literacy skills among dyslexic children and adults. The library is open every weekday.


DSF runs an online bookshop that has valuable teaching materials for children and adults living with learning disabilities.

Getting Involved

  • Donate over the phone or via PayPal
  • Sponsor or create a fundraising event
  • Make your one-off or even recurring donation
  • Volunteering
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