2013    

MAR

DAS opened its 11th centre at Chinatown Point. The centre will serve as a hub for the new Chinese Remediation Programme and will also offer other DAS services to meet the rising demand for specialist education. The launch event was graced by Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Mayor, Central Singapore District.

JUN

More than 100 parents and educators attended the first ever DAS Preschool Seminar to learn about specific learning difficulties that preschool children face.

NOV DAS held its Workshop Series themed “A Practical Approach to Learning” from 18 to 20 November, with sharing of the knowledge and expertise of local and international experts such as Susan Lowell and Dr Kate Saunders.
2014    
JAN DAS publishes its first research journal, The Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences.  This was to encourage research into dyslexia and related learning differences in the region as well as amongst DAS staff.  The journal’s editor is Emeritus Professor Angela Fawcett.

 
MAR DAS officially opened our 13th centre on 17 March.   The Chairman of the Citizen's Consultative Committee, Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong was the Guest of Honour.  Mr Rajesh Malkani generously donated $300,000 to the building of the centre in the name of his late mother Mrs Ratna Malkani.  Mr Malkani’s donation is the largest donation ever from an individual donor.   
APR The Specialised Educational Services (SES) was launched as a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES aims to uncover the true strengths of individuals with learning differences and empower them with the necessary skills and strategies to succeed. The mission of SES is to unlock the potential of individuals with learning differences.
JUN

Starhub donates $160,500 for children from lower income families to attend the DAS SES Essential Maths Programme.

 

The largest student graduation ceremony to date was organized with 165 students graduating from the main literacy programme. Ten students received the OCBC-GTIB DAS Scholarship of $5000 each, to be used to further their education.

 
AUG DAS launched EMBRACE DYSLEXIA, a campaign that seeks to bring greater awareness of dyslexia to Singapore and garner greater support for students and families. The campaign consists of events such as the Embrace Dyslexia Dinner and Seminar with famous guest speakers such as Thomas G. West, who is dyslexic himself. The campaign also includes a call for adults who are dyslexic and willing to share their personal stories as a form of encouragement and inspiration to people with learning differences. EMBRACE DYSLEXIA also aims to work with corporations and organisations in providing a dyslexia-friendly workplace for their staff.

 

SEP

 

After 12 years of service at DAS, Mr Robin Moseley retired from the post of Chief Executive Officer and the baton was handed over to Mr Lee Siang, who had joined DAS in 2001 and has played a key role in the rapid growth of DAS into a thriving social enterprise.

 

2015

   
FEB

DAS Salutes The RCRC for Initiating the DAS 25 years ago and its continuing Support to Help Students with Dyslexia.  DAS unveiled a plaque in commemoration of the initiation of DAS by the Rotary Club Raffles City (RCRC).  At the event, RCRC also announced the donation of $34,000 in funds to DAS.

 

 

Visit to DAS Rex House Centre on 26 February 2015 by Ms Sim Ann
Minister of State, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Communications and Information and Ms Denise Phua, MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Mayor Central Singapore District,and President of the Autism Resource Centre where a wide range of topics regarding developments for the support of children with dyslexia was discussed.

 
APR

Preschool Seminar 2015.  For the second year running, DAS organised the Preschool Seminar to a sold-out crowd of preschool educators and parents. The seminar was extremely well-received; garnering praise from participants and for the first time featured an overseas guest speaker Dr Hugh Catts from the USA.

 
JUN

Unite SpLD Conference 2015.  Uniting Ideas in Teaching Excellence: Specific Learning Differences (UnITE SpLD) 2016 is the first ever conference organised by DAS Academy. Attendees came together to share and discuss ideas in supporting children with learning needs and encourage a community of practice in this area.  The Guest of Honour was NCSS CEO Mr Sim Gim Guan.

 
AUG

EZ-Link Art Competition.  In conjunction with EZ-Link, DAS organised an art competition for our students where the winning designs would be printed on Ez-Link cards to be sold islandwide. A portion of the proceeds amounting to $50,000 from the sales was donated to DAS.

 

Specialized Educational Services (SES) crossed the milestone of 1,000 students enrolled as of 22 Aug.  The Maths Programme lead the way with 269 students while the Preschool Programme has 266 students.  Other SES programmes include Chinese, Exam Skills, SLT, Specialist Tutoring, Speech and Drama, etc.

 
SEP

DAS Academy Graduation.  DAS Academy celebrated its largest graduating cohort yet with the their Graduation Ceremony 2015. Held at the Lifelong Learning Institute, more than 80 students graduated from DAS Academy’s higher-education courses such as Specialist Diplomas and Master of Arts programmes. The guest-of-honour was MR Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower.

 
OCT

MAP achieved a significant milestone by crossing the 3,000 student enrolled mark as at 17 October (3,007 to be exact).  

 
NOV

Embrace Dyslexia Book Launch.  Embrace A Different Kind of Mind: Personal Stories of Dyslexia is the DAS’ first ever published book containing more 57 stories of local heroes who have risen above their learning differences to make their mark in Singapore and beyond.

 

DAS Student Graduation and Awards Ceremony 2016.  The annual Student Graduation and Awards Ceremony was graced this year by our patron, Mrs Goh Chok Tong as well as Guests of Honour Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Education.

 

This was the largest graduation ceremony yet with a total of 238 graduates from our MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme (MAP).  There were also Special Awards for excellence. For the first time, DAS recognised the role of our Educational Therapists by introducing the MAP Educational Therapist of the Year award.

 

DAS CEO Lee Siang appointed to the Board of the International Dyslexia Association reflecting the increasing international reputation of the DAS.