Programme of Meetings

 Next Meeting 

“Dyslexia and Vision

  Tuesday 2nd October 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 2nd October 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’


  • 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:

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Dyslexia and Vision

Presented by: Professor Bruce Evans


Bruce Evans is an optometrist who is both a practitioner and an academic. He owns and works in an optometric practice in Essex. One of his academic posts is Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry in London and one of his main areas of research is visual factors in dyslexia/specific learning difficulties.  Professor Evans highlights the controversial link between sight problems and dyslexia. He points out that visual problems will inevitably sometimes co-occur with dyslexia but argues that problems with sight are not usually the main cause of dyslexia. “Evidence suggests that visual stress occurs in one in five people with dyslexia,” he says. “Most people with dyslexia don’t need visual treatment but eliminating any visual symptom is clearly going to be helpful.” Visual problems can cause eye strain, headaches, or visual distortions, which may make learning to read difficult and discourage those affected from prolonged reading.

In his talk, Professor Evans will explain the main visual problems that can co-occur with dyslexia, how visual difficulties are detected through optometric assessment, and how visual problems associated with dyslexia can be treated. This is Bruce’s second visit to CDA and we look forward to an informative meeting.


Future Meetings:

Tuesday 6th November 2018

‘Diagnostic Assessment for Dyslexia / SpLD’

Presented by: Ged Balmer – Educational Psychologist


The popular and quirky speaker, Ged Balmer states on his website that he provides ‘advice, assessment and an independent opinion’. After over a decade of teaching in state schools, Ged qualified as an educational psychologist, working for the local education authority in a London borough for 25 years. He now works in private practice, specialising in carrying out diagnostic assessments, with students from 6 years of age, for a range of SpLDs, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, as well as for exam access arrangements.

Having worked as a local authority EP, Ged is familiar with SEN Procedures. He has contributed to SEN Tribunals, both as a LEA Tribunal Officer and as an independent psychologist. He will also clarify previous educational psychology reports!

His talk will describe the nature of and areas covered by the psychometric assessment as well as the importance of certain underlying abilities for success with literacy. He will then explain the aspects of literacy assessment and talk about ability/achievement discrepancy. Ged will welcome questions about any of his areas of expertise – this should be a valuable and entertaining meeting for parents and teachers.


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)