The objectives and aims of the Dyspraxia Foundation are to : raise awareness of dyspraxia/DCD and promote the successful recognition of and support for all those affected by the condition. To do this the foundation offers a range of services including a part time telephone helpline, website, Facebook, Twitter, Information sheets and publications, conferences, events and a support network in the UK
The Dyspraxia Foundation is a national charity set up in 1987 to provide support, information and advice to anyone affected by dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
Dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD), is a common disorder of childhood affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. Typically those affected will have difficulties with ball skills, walking up and down stairs, riding a bicycle, handwriting and using cutlery. For adults there are difficulties learning new skills such as DIY, cooking and learning to drive. It is a lifelong condition and is formally recognised by international organsations including the World Health Organisation. Although, the condition may occur in isolation, it frequently coexists with other conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), dyslexia, language disorders and social, emotional and behavioural impairments
Whilst DCD/dyspraxia is primarily a motor disorder, many individuals may also experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities. It can also affect articulation and speech.
The condition affects 5% of the population with a ratio of two boys to every one girl (Langham, 2009). This equates to at least one child in every classroom.
Established: April 1987
Registered Charity Number: 1058352
Board members: 12
Full time staff: 2
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 01462 455016
Address: 8 West Alley SG5 1EGView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website