World Dyslexia Awareness Week Finale Features Charity Match by Football Legends to Level the Playing Field for Children with Dyslexia


Dyslexia Association of Singapore organises the World Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019 from 1 to 6 October to call society to embrace dyslexia and other specific learning differences

SINGAPORE, 27 SEPTEMBER 2019 –The Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) will be organising the World Dyslexia Awareness Week (WDAW) 2019 to raise support for children with dyslexia and Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) and celebrate their diverse talents, from 1 October to 6 October 2019. Many other dyslexia organisations worldwide will also be raising awareness in October.

The week will begin with the ‘Let’s Embrace Dyslexia’ exhibition on 1 October, supported by UOB Business Banking at the UOB Atrium, followed by the ‘Clever but Cluttered’ parent workshop on 2 October to improve executive function of young learners at the DAS Academy at REX House. On 3 October at the Lifelong Learning Institute, parents can bring their children to a free screening for Primary 1 to 6 students suspected to be at-risk of dyslexia and attend a “Tea with DAS Specialist Psychologists” session to have their questions about learning differences answered; while medical, health and other professionals can find out more about social emotional difficulties in school-going children and SpLD comorbidities at the WDAW 2019 SpLD Seminar.

DAS will also organise the inaugural ‘Walk for Dyslexia’ on 4 October 2019, co-organised with Gardens by the Bay to raise funds for the DAS Bursary Fund to help children with dyslexia from low-income families access a range of interventional programmes and psychological assessments at DAS. Ms Denise Phua, Member of Parliament (MP) for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and Mayor of Central Singapore District will lead the walk at Gardens by the Bay as the event’s guest-of-honour.

WDAW 2019 will culminate in the ‘Score for Dyslexia’ charity football match on 6 October 2019 co-organised with Sport Singapore and ActiveSG Football Academy at the Jalan Besar Stadium, a rare occasion whereby local veteran football icons will play against contending teams comprising F17 Academy Footballers and children aged seven to twelve with dyslexia. DAS is also organising a free football clinic before the matches conducted by coaches from the ActiveSG Football Academy. Tickets for the match are available to the public at $20 each and all funds raised from the event will also go to the DAS Bursary Fund.

“DAS is very grateful to see such strong support from individuals and organisations towards WDAW 2019. It marks another pinnacle in our efforts to improve awareness and resources for students with dyslexia and other SpLDs. We have lined up an entire range of fun, educational and engaging activities for the public and hope that they can take the opportunity to join us – as real changes happen when people make a decision to do something meaningful!” said Mr. Eric Lee, President of DAS.

In Singapore, approximately five percent of the student population have been diagnosed with special learning needs. Dyslexia is the most common Learning Need with an estimated 23,000 local students from preschools to secondary schools with dyslexia severe enough to warrant intervention. Studies have shown that half of these children also face co-occurring challenges such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and Asperger’s Syndrome.