The Drop In is open on the first Saturday of every month in the Taunton Library Meeting Room from 10 am to 12 noon. Library address: Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3XZ. Click MAP.
“I was very much taken with your meeting room and the sheer determination to help.
It was very evident that the level of need is very high. I’m saddened that after all these years the education system still hasn’t been able to fully support parents and learners but also you are still supporting the fall out of generations of people that have been badly let down. ” Visitor to drop in.
The room is set out with individual tables and chairs and there is a constant supply of hot refreshments. Some of the tables have activities for children and young people and programmes such as Nessy fingers and speech recognition software can be seen and tried with help from our technical experts. We now have an iPad which is very helpful to demonstrate apps for alphabet recognition and spelling programmes.
We aim to support a range of needs from parents concerned about their child’s education, students asking about Disabled Students’ Allowance and how examination concessions work, to adults who find they are struggling in the workplace because there has been an increase in the demand for them to use their literacy skills.
Today, the SDA sees the Drop In as a very valuable addition to their resources because it gives an opportunity for individuals to talk in confidence and feel supported. Many of these people return to let us know how they are getting on and for us that is very rewarding.
Wife of dyslexic husband “As soon as he walked in the door he felt understood by the group of people he met and more interestingly, accepted. I found it bizarre to know that the people in the room understood how he was feeling and empathised with him for the first time ever”.
Dyslexic husband “So now I can walk into any room, through any door, with any people from all walks of life, in any situation, thanks to the dyslexic associations Drop Ins”.
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