Programme of Meetings

 Next Meeting 

“Dyslexia is my SUPERPOWER

  (Most of the Time)”

  Tuesday 1st May 2018

See below for the 'Where, When and What'



As usual, this meeting will be at:URC map

The United Reformed Church Hall,

Addiscombe Grove,

East Croydon,


You can get here by:

Train          (East Croydon Station)
Bus              (64, 119, 194, 197, 198, 312, 367, 410, 466, T33)
Tram          (1, 2, 3, 4)
Car             (free parking available in the church grounds)



The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st May 2018

As usual:

Hall  open:               7.30pm (19.30).

Meeting start:         7.45pm (19.45).

Meeting finish:       9.30m (21.00)

Refreshments are available before the meeting

Its no problem if people have to ‘slip in a bit later or leave a bit earlier’


  • Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Morning Meeting – Annual Family Event
  • Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday 6th November 2018 – Evening Meeting


Entry is free to members and their families

Non-members are charged £5.00 for admission  – if you decide to join CDA on the night, this fee is refunded.

Refreshments and use of hall facilities are free on the night

The following gives you an idea of what this meeting is about:

At this meeting there will be a short and speed AGM at the start of the evening followed by the main presentation:

Dyslexia is my SUPERPOWER

  (Most of the Time)

Presented by: Margaret Rooke


It’s great to have Margaret Rooke back to talk to CDA. An author and former journalist, Margaret has recently written two books about amazing people who are dyslexic.

In ‘Creative, Successful, Dyslexic’, more than twenty high achievers share their stories, including Dame Darcey Bussell, Eddie Izzard, David Bailey, Zoe Wanamaker and many more.

‘Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time)’ is Margaret’s latest book. ‘This is the first of its kind, a book about children and teens with dyslexia, told by the young people themselves. In more than 100 Interviews, 8-18 year olds from around the world show how they have honed the creative benefits of dyslexia… It includes top tips for teachers everywhere.’ Margaret is the proud mother of a teenage daughter with dyslexia and a teenage son without dyslexia!

We invite young people who are dyslexic to come to the meeting, to listen to the experiences of others and, if they, wish contribute their stories. CDA members, parents, students and teaching staff are all welcome to the meeting.  


Future Meetings:

Saturday 2nd June 2018



Our annual family event will be a high-octane, fast and furious, fun-filled presentation with lots of audience participation! Thinkalink is a fun and easy way to remember any fact, with the focus being SPAG, i.e Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

‘Sir Linkalot’ (aka Andy Salmon) will show how hilarious ‘links’ can be used to remember how to spell any word; it will take the students from mixing up letters to spelling even the most difficult words!

There will be 2 sessions of THINKALINK! and they will be held in the regular Children Will Shine sessions.  Children Will Shine students will be encouraged to bring a parent / carer along to this session with them, as this is a learning strategy which involves everyone!

Session 1 is for KS3-4 students from 9.30 am – 10.45 am

Session 2 is for KS2 students from 11.15 am – 12.30 pm 

We are pleased to be able to offer up a limited number of extra spaces available for young people who do not currently attend Children Will Shine; if you would like to bring your child to one of the sessions, please email: for further details including venue information.

To see Andy in action, type ‘Sir Linkalot Vimeo’ into a browser – it shows how engaging he is and how great linking is for students’ self-esteem.

Andy has written a couple of books, packed with a 1000 links to get you started and a simple guide to creating more of your own. He will bring copies on 2 June.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

‘Dyslexia and Vision’


Tuesday 6th November 2018

‘Diagnostic Assessment for Dyslexia’


News about 2019 meetings will appear here as soon as speakers have been confirmed…

Possible future topics are

  • Early indications of dyslexia and how to help

If you have any suggestions about future topics you would be interested in hearing about, or you are interested in attending one of our meetings to offer specialist advice in the subject of dyslexia, please contact us (details below).

More information about CDA?


Phone: 0333 111 00 66 (evenings and weekends until 9pm)


Registered Charity No. 289947 (A member of the British Dyslexia Association)