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About Us

Our Researchers, Educators and Advocates

TANYA FORBES

Outside the Square - Tanya Forbes

Teacher, Researcher, Filmmaker and Parent Advocate.

Creator and Producer of Outside the Square.

Founder of Dyslexia QLD Support and the Gold Coast Dyslexia Support Group.

Vice President of Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA).


 ASHLEY BURGESS

Ashley Burgess

Director of Photography.

Lecturer and Course Convenor at Griffith Film School

Independent Filmmaker.


SARAH ASOME

Sarah Asome

Learning Support Teacher and Parent Advocate

2015 Victoria Education Excellence Awards:  Most Outstanding Primary Teacher

Associate Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (AMADA)

Co-administrator of the Dyslexia Victoria Support (DVS)


CAROL BARNES

Carol Barnes

Volunteer Parent Advocate.

National coordinator of GLD Australia – Gifted with Learning Disabilities.

Vice President of the Gold Coast branch of the Queensland Association of Gifted and Talented Children.


DR JENNIFER BUCKINGHAM

Jennifer

Education Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS).

Head of ‘FIVE from FIVE’ Literacy Project

Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Board Member – Public Policy.

Co-Author of ‘Why Jaydon Can’t Read: The Triumph of Ideology over Evidence in Teaching of Reading.


DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR ANNE CASTLES

Anne

Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University.

Deputy Director at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Developer of the reading assessment test, the CC2.

Council Member for Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA).


JODI CLEMENTS

Jodi

President of the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA).

Director of Teacher Training at the Institute for Multisensory Learning (IMSLE).

Specialist Orton Gillingham MSL Educator.

Committee Member of the International Dyslexia Association Global Caucus.


 DR NOLA FIRTH

Nola

Honourary Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Honourary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Churchill Fellow.

Co-author of ‘Success and Dyslexia: sessions for coping in the upper primary years.’


DR LORRAINE HAMMOND

Lorraine-Hammond

Senior Lecturer at the School of Education at Edith Cowan University.

Churchill Fellow.

2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching: Award for Teaching Excellence

Author of “When Bright Kids Fail”

President of Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA).


BILL HANSBERRY

Bill

Teacher, Author and Advocate.

Mentor to students, teachers, parents and schools in the fields of learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties at Hansberry Educational Consulting.

Author of ‘Raising Beaut Kids: Recipes for parents on when to say yes and when to say no’.


DR SUZE LEITAO

Suze

Speech-Language Pathologist.

Senior Lecturer and Researcher for the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University.

Associate Investigator for ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GENEVIEVE McARTHUR

Genevieve

Director of the Macquarie University Cognition Clinic for Reading.

Deputy Head of the Department of Cognitive Science.

Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.


DR SANDRA MARSHALL

Sandra

Parent Advocate.

Chairperson of DAGBAGS – Dyslexia Action Group Barossa and Gawler Surrounds.

Co-founder and President of Dyslexia Support – South Australia.


JULIE MAVLIAN

Julie and Ben

Teacher and Parent Advocate.

Associate Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (AMADA).

Volunteer with the ADA.

Co-administrator of Dyslexia Support Australia and Dyslexia Sydney Support Groups.


MANDY NAYTON

Mandy Nayton

Educational Psychologist.

Executive Officer of the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation (DSF) Literacy and Clinical Services.

President of AUSPELD – the Australain Federation of SPELD Associations.

Author of ‘Understanding Learning Difficulties – a Practical Guide and a Parents Guide.


DR BARTEK RAJKOWSKI

Bartek 1

Speech Language Pathologist.

Researcher in the relationship between speech, language, auditory processing and literacy skills.

Creator of the Reading Doctor Software.

Council Member for Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA).


SANDY RUSSO

Sandy

Educator and Assisitve Technology Specialist.

Director of Specific Learning Difficulties Association of South Australia (SPELD SA).