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Quinnell supports Dyslecsia Cymru.

WALES rugby great Scott Quinnell is fronting a push to support dyslexic school pupils.

The former Lions No 8, who has himself battled the condition, is backing a scheme to provide free specialist resources to schools.

The joint initiative between Tinopolis Interactive and Wales Dyslexia, of which Quinnell is patron, will see Welsh-medium packs distributed across Wales.

Pitrwm Patrwm is available for primary schools and Pump Penaber for secondary schools, with each containing reading books and an interactive game CD.

Quinnell last week visited pupils at Ysgol Gynradd Saron in Rhydaman, Carmarthenshire, to deliver a support pack personally.

Other schools in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys have so far benefited from the initiative, with other schools invited to claim their packs through the Wales Dyslexia website.

Ron Jones, executive chairman of Tinopolis Interactive, said: "Tinopolis has been producing educational products for a number of years and we are particularly proud of our Welsh-medium resources for children with dyslexia. These were commissioned by the Welsh Government to address the lack of materials for Welsh speaking pupils with dyslexia.

"The current financial situation has meant that many schools have been unable to afford these invaluable resources and many pupils with dyslexia have been missing out. This partnership with Wales Dyslexia has given us a way to share our products with schools across Wales."

Wales Dyslexia was established in June 2001 by the late Michael Davies, a former special education needs teacher. It operates from its office at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen campus and is available to help anyone in Wales to identify and cope with dyslexia.

It offers a range of services for all ages, including assessments, training events and courses accredited by the University of Wales.

* To claim a school pack or to find out more, visit or call the freephone helpline on 0808 1800 110


* Scott Quinnell, patron of Dyslecsia Cymru/Dyslexia Wales with, from left, Christine Hall, Mandy James, and Gwenda Owen
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Apr 5, 2012
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