About Herts Dyslexia
Support Organisation
Charity Number 270086
Support and Information

Hertfordshire Dyslexia Association. Affiliated to the British Dyslexia Association. If you live or work in Hertfordshire, the HDA is your Local Association.

We aim to provide:

Meetings provide a good opportunity to share experiences for all dyslexics and for those who have an interest in dyslexia.

The HDA can tell you where to go to get further advice on assessment and tuition and provide you with literature and information on dyslexia.

Lectures, workshops and training sessions– _information on these locally and nationally.

Ten percent (10%) of the British population are dyslexic; 4% severely. Dyslexia is identified as a disability as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Many of the dyslexic people across the UK, whether adults or children, are unable to fulfill their potential as a large percentage of the population still do not understand what dyslexia is, the difficulties which the condition presents and do not know how best to support them. Dyslexia is not an obvious difficulty; it is hidden. As a result, dyslexic people have to overcome numerous barriers to make a full contribution to society.

Did you know?
Ten percent (10%) of people in the UK have Dyslexia
Four percent (4%) of people severely affected
Two pioneers

who worked to improve the life and learning of children with dyslexia in Hertfordshire.

Violet Brand MBE

January 1st, 1929 – April 4th, 2020

I was sad to learn that Violet Brand had died. Violet was a very special person. She had a very sunny disposition and always made me and others so glad to meet her.

Her legacy to the world of dyslexia is: –

A) Violet had a vision and fulfilled it.

B) When I first met Violet one of her main aims was to have dyslexia accepted as a real condition. She hoped this would lead to assessment and recognition followed by appropriate specialist teaching.

C) To show that there were ways of teaching and counseling dyslexics so that they would become competent in reading and spelling skills. This is why she set up the Watford Dyslexia Unit and The Broxbourne Dyslexia Unit.

D) She set up teacher training courses and was determined to develop this experience into a diploma accepted by the Educational world. With tremendous amounts of unwavering enthusiasm, she eventually achieved the Royal Society of Arts Diploma in Special  Learning Disabilities SpLD. This diploma had grown and developed and is still going strong under a new authority.

E) Violet traveled widely with her husband Geoffery Brand, a famous band conductor and competition judge. While on their journeys she wrote a spelling program called Spelling Made Easy, which was a complete spelling program, I am still using it and it works!
Later on, she published stories and workbooks to help further pupils’ literacy skills.

F) In her later life, she worked with the Music Committee of the British Dyslexia Association, to help teachers understand the difficulties that dyslexics may encounter when learning to play musical instruments.

Violet Brand was such a charismatic happy person with great determination and stamina but above all, she had a vision and actually went out and achieved it.

Well done Violet. We are so glad to have known you.

Ann Brereton

November 19th, 1938 – /May 15th, /2020

We were sad to learn that one of our former Committee members Ann Brereton had died.

Ann worked very hard to guide parents through the difficult process of statementing and was usually succeeded

With her usual determination and energy, Ann worked very hard with the Local Education Authorities to set up the Bases to teach and asses dyslexics. Again she was very successful and many Bases were set up in different parts of Hertfordshire.

Ann had a very dynamic personality, a very keen intellect, and used her knowledge of teaching and the legal system to the full to help those in need especially in the world of education.

In spite of ill health, Ann never stopped campaigning, taking on the NHS in her later life.

Her husband David supported her so well in all she did and their son Tom was a great help to them both in recent times.

Ann was a very special person who had a deep Quaker faith. She made a difference to so many people and will be remembered by those who knew her with affection and respect.

Jean Blight