History of Davis Methods

Ron Davis

In 1980, at age 38, Ronald Dell Davis overcame his own severe dyslexia when he found a way to quickly eliminate common perceptual distortions. For the first time in his life, he could read and enjoy a book without struggling. To his surprise and delight, he soon learned that the simple mental exercise he had discovered for himself seemed to work just as well for other dyslexic adults who tried it out.

He soon realized that correcting perception was not enough; it was also necessary to eliminate the sources of confusion that triggered disorientation. For dyslexia, that meant a system for building strong word recognition and comprehension skills, geared to the dyslexic learning style.

After independent clinical research and working with experts in many fields, Ron Davis perfected his program for correcting dyslexia in adults and children. In 1982, Ron Davis and Dr. Fatima Ali, Ph.D, opened the Reading Research Council Dyslexia Correction Center in California, achieving a 97% success rate in helping clients overcome their learning problems.

In 1994, the first edition of the book, The Gift of Dyslexia was published. Within a year the book had been translated to several other languages, and Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) was established to formally train other professionals to provide the same program throughout the world.

There are now hundreds of Davis Facilitators offering services in more than 30 languages and more than 40 countries worldwide.  The basic ideas underlying the Davis Dyslexia Correction program have also been extended to develop specialized programs for Attention Mastery, Math Mastery, and Autism.


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  • Zaz

    how long does it take the the Davis program to ‘cure’ someone?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      The Davis program is not a “cure” for anything. Dyslexia is a not a disease, so it is not something that can be treated medically or cured.

      We use the term “correction” to refer to our program. The dictionary defines the verb correct as, “to make or set right.” Our goal is to provide individuals with specific tools and strategies to allow them to use their inherent mental strengths to overcome the problems and symptoms that accompany their dyslexic thinking style.

      Most Davis programs have two phases, beginning with a period of 5-8 days working full days, one-on-one, with a qualified Davis Facilitator. A standard Davis Dyslexia Correction program is competed over the course of 5 consecutive days. After the conclusion of the 5-day program, the individual does need to follow up with additional work and practice at home.

      The article Davis Program Average Reading Gains contains graphs showing the average improvements in tested reading level over the course of a 5-day program, among more than 400 consecutive clients at a single Davis center. As you can see, the level of improvement varies by age.

      Ultimately, each individual is different and each person also has the responsibility to continue to use and apply the tools the program provides.

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