You gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, How you gonna have a dream come true?

(Lyrics from the song “Happy Talk” written by Oscar Hammerstein II.)

Opportunities abound for students who do not have any learning differences. They have opportunities to cast their net wide in terms of fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.  However, when a student has a learning difference like dyslexia they might not have the chance to dream big and beyond as they might be inhibited by their disability unless someone opens a pathway for them.

That is exactly what our late president Dr Daruwalla did – he gave dyslexic students in Singapore a chance to dream and with his tireless efforts the Dyslexia Association of Singapore took form and grew.  DAS led and continues to lead every student into a world of bigger opportunities which they could never have imagined or gained access to on their own.  Every student is given a chance to dream and fulfil his / her ambition!

Dare to Dream! – was the theme of WDAW 2017.  For World Dyslexia Awareness Week – In 2017, all our students were asked to fill a card and tell us what their ambition was – what they dare to dream and become.  Here are some of the cards :

All these cards were collated and put up for display in the learning centres as part of WDAW 2017.  It gave the students an opportunity to see their dream up on the walls of their learning centre.

Fast forward now WDAW 2018 is now upon us!  The theme now Dys is Talent – to recognise the multitude of talents that we have at the DAS!

Show your support for the talents we have at the DAS and help in making each of their dream come true!

Click here to read this article and see their dreams!

This Article was published in FACETS Vol2 2018

By Sujatha Nair
Assistant Director (QA)
English Language and Literacy Division