Dyslexia A2Z – Maria Chivers


Maria Chivers was the founder of the Swindon Dyslexia Centre, which opened in 1991. Dyslexia A2Z is operated by Maria Chivers who is an international author on Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. This site is dedicated to ‘Raising Awareness of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s). Maria, working with a team of highly trained specialists: tutors, psychologists, and other therapists; in specific learning difficulties has featured on radio and television including “The Learning Curve.” Maria has taught in the IT department at Swindon College. She is an international author of several books including:

maria_chivers> Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies
> Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia
> Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – The Essential Guide
> Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – A Parent’s Guide (out of print)
> Dyslexia: The Inner Hurt (out of print)

Her book ‘Practical Strategies for Living with Dyslexia’ has been being translated into other languages.

She writes regularly and while she used to give lectures on Dyslexia. She is unable to do so at present. Maria is passionate about dyslexia and as she puts it is “Dedicated to Raising Awareness of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s).”

Maria Chivers is 62 years of age and lives in Swindon with her husband, who is a retired police officer. They have two children, both of whom are dyslexic. Maria first became involved in dyslexia when her oldest was having problems at infant school and was subsequently as dyslexia. Maria is dyslexic and dyspraxic.

Maria is retired on health grounds as her disability has worsened considerably during the last few years. Due to her health, she was forced to close the Swindon Dyslexia Centre in 2009, which had been running for nearly 18 years. The Swindon Dyslexia Centre was then incorporated into our associate website;  The dyslexia A2Z, (this site had been operating alongside the Dyslexia Centre for over ten years).

Maria’s husband, Chris, also helps with the website whenever he can. Maria Chivers and her husband knows the despair and frustrations that parents of children with dyslexia undergo. Her message to them is that they don’t have to be afraid. There is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’; it’s just while you are in the middle of it, it doesn’t seem that way.  She is reassuring parents that dyslexia is not a disability but just an inability to do certain things.  People with dyslexia find other ways of dealing with things. Many people with dyslexia have average or above average ability, and is not in any way related to having a low intelligence quotient (IQ).

Maria Chivers recognises the significant role of parents in supporting their dyslexic children. Many more learning difficulties, such as dyscalculia, dysgraphia etc.,  are being identified as time goes by; and medication and education strategies suitable for them are slowly being provided. Parents thus need to obtain appropriate aid for their dyslexic children. In her book, “Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties: the Essential Guide’, offers a clear guide throughout the identification of dyslexia, its management, and possible career options for this group of people. The book provides practical guides and facts to enable each dyslexic person to overcome commonly experienced challenges.

Having two dyslexic children have empowered Maria. She writes informative books and articles that can be used by parents to professionals handling dyslexia. Dyslexia can be managed by a variety of approaches to nutritional supplementation, use of tinted glass, and exercising.

Dyslexia does not make one less human, and many famous people like Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein had dyslexia.