SINGAPORE, 1 OCTOBER 2020 – The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) today launched a series of virtual events for World Dyslexia Awareness Week (WDAW) 2020 from 1 to 11 October to raise support and encourage inclusivity for people with dyslexia and specific learning differences (SpLD). WDAW 2020 is held in conjunction with the annual global dyslexia awareness month in October.

The fourth edition of WDAW aims to drive positive change for dyslexia by encouraging people with dyslexia and the society to embrace their learning differences, and to empower parents and educators to better support people with dyslexia in their learning journey.

DAS encourages event participants and the public to wear red during WDAW as a pledge of support to people with dyslexia. It also seeks to redefine the meaning of the colour red from its negative association with red markers for correcting mistakes, to a positive association with the diverse talents of people with dyslexia.

 

Highlights for WDAW 2020 include:

  • ‘Walk for Dyslexia’, a virtual 20km fun walk to raise funds for children with dyslexia from low-income families so that they can get the required educational support;
  • Online Seminar on SpLD where experts will share with parents and educators about the challenges and symptoms of dyslexia through topics such as understanding their socioemotional functioning, language disorders and types of assistive technologies available for struggling learners;
  • Free dyslexia screening at DAS Learning Centres to determine primary school students’ at-risk level of dyslexia and give parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • An international online forum where experts from Australia, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Singapore will give insights into learning during the pandemic and how different countries are supporting students with dyslexia;
  • Webinar on dyslexia and dual language development to help parents understand language-culture and language-cognitive connections of their children and the type of linguistic environment that enhances effective learning of dual languages for children with dyslexia;
  • ‘Dys is Talent!’ Instagram/Facebook photo/video activity, for the public to share images and posts highlighting the talents of individuals with dyslexia with the hashtags #ilearndifferently and #embracedyslexia;
  • ‘Colours of Talent’ art competition for students with dyslexia or other SpLDs, their parents, DAS staff and the public to express themselves creatively through art, with up to $300 in vouchers as prizes.

 

“Every child with dyslexia has a unique potential that very often goes unnoticed due to a lack of understanding of dyslexia. Although the awareness of dyslexia and SpLDs has significantly increased in Singapore over the years, a lot more still needs to be done. Through WDAW 2020, we hope to reach out to everyone in our society, so that they are aware of the struggles, talents and potential of people with dyslexia around them, be it their classmates, colleagues, students or family members,” said Mr Edmen Leong, Director of Specialised Educational Services and Chair of Organising Committee for WDAW 2020.

About 10 percent of every population has dyslexia and it is estimated that about 23,000 students from preschools to secondary schools in Singapore have dyslexia severe enough to warrant intervention. About half of these children may also face co-occurring challenges such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Asperger’s Syndrome. With an inclusive and supportive environment and proper educational intervention, these children can achieve in their academic journey and contribute towards society with their talents.

For more information and to sign up for the different activities, visit the official WDAW website and follow DAS on social media for the latest updates.