SID Project


About 10% of the population has dyslexia 2. This means that in a place like Sunderland more than 27000 people are affected and may be facing barriers to work, education, training and social development. Many will have overcome several of these barriers and become successful in spite of dyslexia. But how many have not?

Sunderland may be one of the most deprived areas in England. According to recent figures, just under half of Sunderland was ranked as being among the 20% most deprived areas in England, and more than a fifth of Sunderland ranked in the bottom 10% 3. Many children grow up in income-deprived homes. Unemployment in the North-east of England is the highest is the UK 4, and the number of long-term unemployed in Sunderland continues to rise. In already difficult circumstances, people with dyslexia in Sunderland face a real struggle.


1. UNESCO figures, sourced by Dyslexia International
2. Estimate from the British Dyslexia Association
3. Office of National Statistics. 82 out of Sunderland’s 188 Super Output Areas (SOAs) ranked among the 20% most deprived SOAs in England. 41 of those SOAs ranked within the 10% most deprived nationally, according to the 2007 Indices of Multiple Deprivation (a measure of relative deprivation at a very local “neighbourhood” level) (CLG)

Social Inclusion for Dyslexia,
Stockton Terrace,

Contact: 0191 5920548 / 07971166190