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The White Rose Dyslexia Centre is based at Alison Business Centre in the new expansion, close to major motorway and ring roads links and is easily accessible from within Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Our priorities are not only to provide support that will enable individuals to better understand and overcome the difficulties associated with dyslexia, but also to recognise and appreciate their strengths. Established in June 2009 by Jess Simmonite and Vicky Shaw, the White Rose Dyslexia Centre was awarded and presented with the Investors In People Award by David Blunkett in December 2009. Jess and Vicky’s mission is for the White Rose Dyslexia Centre to be recognised as a leading and respected organisation in the provision and development of dyslexia support. Their dynamic and enthusiastic determination to succeed has meant that learners achieve their long term goals of acquiring the literacy or numeracy levels required.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific reading disability due to a defect in the brains processing of graphic symbols. It is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes written material and is typically characterised by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding.

What is Irlen?

Irlen Syndrome – Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and visual stress is a perceptual processing disorder.

It is not an optical problem.

It is a problem with the brains ability to process visual information.

How do I know if I need support?

Having many years experience of working with adults with dyslexia and visual stress our tutors and support staff are well practiced at identifying the signs of dyslexia.  Our staff take a positive, holistic approach to supporting individuals to gain confidence, reconnect with others and achieve personal ambitions and aspirations.  


Jess Simmonite 

PG Cert Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) – Edge Hill University

AMBDA – British Dyslexia Association  

Unit D12 –Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery St, Sheffield S3 8GG

Tel: 0114 265 6991

Registered in England & Wales no. 6924086.

For further information visit White Rose Dyslexia Centre