By the time you read this, i would have left to be on a journey to ride around the globe. My journey aims to raise awareness and understanding on Dyslexia, especially among educators.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability affecting 5-20 percent of the population and represents 80-90 percent of all those with learning disabilities. Scientific research shows differences in brain connectivity between dyslexic and typical reading children, providing a neurological basis for why reading fluently is a struggle for those with dyslexia.Dyslexia can’t be “cured” – it is lifelong. But with the right support, dyslexic individuals can become highly successful students and adults.
I would like to take this opportunity to present the challenges Dyslexic Association of Sarawak, Borneo (DASwk) has been facing over the years. The government has yet to recognize the significance of early diagnosis and effective intervention. As such, these processes are mainly self-funded, and provided by NGOs or private centres.
DASwk is the main referral centre for educational assessment and intervention in Sarawak, Borneo. Its current premise has only two classrooms and no hostel to cater for rural children and their families, especially to affected children from rural, remote and off-the-grid areas. To serve in a wider way to children and young adults from such communities and lower income families, DASwk is working hard to build a new learning centre with 10 classrooms, a hostel and vocational block.