Empowered Learning Trust

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Some young people struggle to learn due to unidentified learning and processing difficulties such as Irlen Syndrome & dyslexia.

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  Bay of Plenty School Projects Youth Disability

We screen young people in the Central North Island region for visual, auditory and learning processing difficulties such as Irlen syndrome, a common visual processing disorder which makes reading difficult and stressful.

To date we have screened over 1200 young people for these issues, with around one third being identified with learning challenges, including Irlen Syndrome. Those with visual issues have been provided with specialist diagnosis, eye testing and corrective glasses at no charge, and as a result have made remarkable improvements in their reading ability, enjoyment in learning, and most importantly gained confidence and better self-esteem.

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We are a charitable trust that aims to identify and support young people who are struggling at school due to visual, auditory or learning processing difficulties. We work collaboratively with schools and other community groups to ensure that young people have the resources they need to reach their true potential.

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New Zealander of the Year - Community   20 February 2017

We are feeling most grateful to be acknowledged among wonderful nominees for the national community award.


And were even more humbled when we made we made the top three! New Zealander of the Year Awards 2017 - Community of the Year category.

Thanks to our wonderful team and all those we collaborate with who helped make this happpen. We are off to the awards Gala on Wednesday night, 22nd Feb. Wish us luck.. It will be an inspiration to hear the stories of the other nominees, and for us, a great opportunity to raise awarenss, in the hope of gaining the support to facilitate this screening for all children around the country.


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    Strengthening Families on 10 Nov 2017


    Thank you for use of meeting room.


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