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About us

Maria Chivers

Maria Chivers is ‘Dedicated to all aspects of Neurodiversity, including; Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Visual Stress and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s)’ for over 30 years.

Maria has dedicated most of her working life to this cause.  In 2009, her business, the Swindon Dyslexia Centre, which had been operating for nearly 20 years, merged with this website; so she could continue spreading the word about SpLD’s.

Swindon Dyslexia Centre

Maria Chivers Maria Chivers is 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 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:

  • 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.

When working Maria used to write regularly and gave lectures on dyslexia. Maria is passionate about dyslexia and as she puts it is Dedicated to Raising Awareness of Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD & other (SpLD’s).

Maria Chivers is 60 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 diagnosed as having 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. The Swindon Dyslexia Centre was then incorporated into our associate website; the Dyslexia A 2 Z, (which had been operating alongside the Centre for over ten years).

Maria’s husband, Chris, also helps with the website whenever he can.