The Big 50 – Birthday Book Campaign

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Turning 50 is an incredible milestone! To celebrate we’re launching a campaign to raise $10,000 to donate decodable readers to NSW libraries. It’s a big goal and that’s why we need your support.

Our goal is to give all children and families access to decodable readers – a simple tool for reading success.


A simple and effective tool for reading success

Children who struggle with reading need to spend dedicated time developing their phonics skills, and reading practice using decodable books is a simple and effective way to do so.

If you have used decodable readers with your children and students you’ll understand what a difference they can make. Learning to read isn’t always simple but decodable readers will help a struggling child.


What are decodable readers?

Decodable readers are books with simplified spelling patterns, which beginning readers can tackle independently with success. You can read more about Decodable Readers here.

Decodable books gradually build up the number of sounds/spelling combinations that are used in books in each series.  The first few books might only use a handful of sounds (for example /s/, /a/, /t/, /i/ and /m/) and then as the books progress they will introduce more sounds/spelling combinations until they the books are using different vowel spellings and a range of prefixes and suffixes.  Decodable books are written for students learning to read in the early years (such as the Dandelion Reader and Launcher series and the Little Learners Love Literacy books) or for older students who need more practice to develop decoding skills to learn to read (such as the Dandelion catch up reader series).

It’s important for all children to have access to decodable texts for learning to read and that’s where you can help. Join us to give all children the tools for reading success by making a donation – and together we can give all children the best start.


Thanks to your support…

Thanks to your support we’ve achieved so much in the past 12 months. Highlights include:

  • Delivered more professional development to schools, teachers and speech pathologists, including Sounds-Write and Talk for Writing Workshops – with more coming soon!
  • Launched our highly successful Certificate Course for Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties again in 2018.
  • Expanded our range of decodable readers to include the Australian Little Learners Love Literacy books as well as the ever-popular Dandelion Phonic Books.
  • Supported older students with access to C-Pens so they can access text and participate in exams.
  • Continued to support parents through our free parent support line with plans to develop a parent webinar program.

Our achievements have been strengthened thanks to a generous $10,000 Centenary Grant from the Commonwealth Bank.


Behind the scenes

Together with our partners and support groups, SPELD NSW has continued to work on behalf of children and adults with learning difficulties through its important advocacy work.

  • Representing families at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the education of children with a disability or special needs.
  • Participating in NSW Department of Education consultation about support for students with disabilities in NSW public schools.
  • Consulted with NESA about the accessibility provisions available for students participating in the HSC Minimum Standards Tests.


Celebrating the 50th Anniversary – your gift is important

As we celebrate our 50th year please consider a donation of $50 so we can deliver decodable readers to a library on your behalf. Our goal is to ensure every child with specific learning difficulties has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Here’s to the next 50 years!

CLICK HERE or on image below to DONATE NOW