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Our Vision: That developmental language disorders should be recognised from an early age and that evidence-based assessment and interventions that meet a child's needs,
whatever their age or background, should be established throughout the UK.

Our Mission: The Heather van der Lely Foundation Trust is a small charity that will make grants for professional and academic research in the area of developmental language disorders (DLD).
It is the legacy of the late Heather van der Lely, a professor of Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience.  We hope to disperse the funds over a limited period of time
in a way that will make a small but significant impact in this field.

Learn more about Developmental Language Disorders and read about the problems we are aiming to solve with the HVDL Foundation with this presentation in pdf format for ease of use.

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Contact Us

How to contact the Foundation – be sure to check out our FAQs for commonly posed questions!

What We Fund

Information about where our funding goes, and what we do.


Frequently asked questions about us and about our applications and funding procedures.

Who We Are

Find out about us and the people behind the Foundation – Trustees, Team and Mission.


Eligibility criteria and guidelines for application.

New journal - first edition! Congratulations months

The Heather van der Lely Foundation Trust is a UK registered charity, number: 1168658.

Postal address: PO box 194 Knaresborough HG5 5BS.