Opening the Dore?
Dore was a controversial program designed to treat children with ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia and other learning and behavioural difficulties. It operated in various places including Melbourne.
The program was founded by Wynford Dore, a businessman from Wales, and cost desperate parents at their wits’ end $5000 to sign their child up to the program.
There were reports of many success stories, but also of children who did not respond to the program.
In 2008 the company folded without explanation, apparently being millions of dollars in debt. Not only did they leave 3,000 families out of pocket and without treatment for their children, but they continued to sign up new families until the day they closed. The staff were not told of the impending closure, and were not paid for the last month of their employment.
Some families handed over their $5k only days before Dore closed. Despite this, the program has since begun operating in NZ.
Stuff is all over the place, including files, childrens’ toys, and DVDs and books designed for the program.
The Herald Sun published an article on Dore’s closing in June 2008 (along with comments from people who undertook, or whose children undertook, the program).
The Herald Sun also published this article on one of Dore’s success stories only one month before the program closed.
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x Kitten of Doom