Empowered Learning Trust


1 in 5 students in our schools are affected by a learning or processing difficulty which can limit their ability to access their education.

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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.

Since 2012, more than 2,100 students have undergone basic screening, and around 800 referrals have been made for further optometric and Irlen testing. More than 450 sets of corrective lenses and Irlen tints have been fitted and over 780 students have been screened for Auditory Processing Disorder in schools. Around 190 students have been referred o to an audiologist for further assessment, and 290 students have participated in APD support programmes to improve their hearing ability.

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We are a charitable trust that delivers screening programs in schools to identify and support young people who are struggling with learning or processing difficulties like Irlen Syndrome, Auditory Processing Disorder and dyslexia. We work collaboratively with schools and other community groups to ensure that young people have the resources they need to reach their true potential at no cost to their families.

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New Zealander of the Year Awards 2019  4 November 2019

Posted by: Empowered Learning Trust

Empowered Learning Trust was selected as one of three finalists in the Community of the Year Award, in the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2019

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    • Empowered Learning Trust

      Thank you so much for your support of young people with learning and processing difficulties!

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