Since 1971 SPELD NZ has been helping New Zealanders overcome dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities (SLD). As the first organisation to offer a nationwide service, we’ve remained at the forefront of SLD support and are New Zealand’s largest and longest-standing provider of services.

Going strong since 1971

SPELD NZ was founded in Christchurch in 1971 by Brother Damien Keane, a teacher at Marylands School, and Dr Jean Seabrook, a speech therapist and psychologist. As the organisation expanded, branches were formed throughout the country.

From 2009, SPELD NZ began working towards transitioning into one national body with regional offices and local liaison groups. This new structure was implemented in 2012. Today, governance is provided by Board members who represent our stakeholders, family members and SPELD NZ professionals. Meanwhile our Professional Standards Committee oversees our rigorously high standards.