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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS)

Donated $150 to Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) using dividends collected in my Permanent Stocks Holdings.


Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that makes it very difficult for people to read, write and/or spell. It has nothing to do with the person’s intelligence. Often, weaknesses may be seen in areas such as of language development, memory and sequencing. Having dyslexia does not mean that your child’s ability to learn is below average.

In fact, many people with dyslexia are smart and motivated to learn. But not being able to read well can make many areas of learning a problem. Dyslexia describes a different kind of mind, sometimes gifted and productive, that learns differently.

DAS is guided in its definition of Dyslexia by the Ministry of Education, Singapore in their November 2011 publication "Professional Practice Guidelines for the Psycho-educational Assessment and Placement of Students with Special Educational Needs".

Dyslexia is a type of specific learning difficulty identifiable as a developmental difficulty of language learning and cognition. It is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and processing speed. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia.

An appropriate literacy programme should include the following components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The literacy programme provided by DAS meets these guidelines.

The exact cause of dyslexia is uncertain. However, research findings suggest that it might be associated to neurological differences which may tend to run in the family. These differences in the brain are likely to influence the way dyslexics think, learn and process information, and they often show weaknesses in

1. Phonological processing

2. Ability to learn the relationships between letters and sounds (phonics)

3. Ability to hold information in their short-term memory and then manipulating that information, such as working on mental arithmetic or remembering a long list of instructions

4. Word retrieval

Our Mission
Helping Dyslexic People Achieve

Our Goal
To build a world class organisation dedicated to helping dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences in Singapore.

Our Aims
1.To put quality first in delivering a comprehensive and effective professional service for dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences on a not-for profit basis.

2.To provide an assessment service for individuals at risk of having dyslexia and/or specific learning differences.

3.To provide educational programme and other support services for individuals with dyslexia and/or specific learning differences.

4.To raise public and professional awareness of the nature and incidence of dyslexia and specific learning differences.

5.To enable others (teachers, parents and professionals) to help dyslexic individuals and those with specific learning differences.

6.To assist and elicit financial and other support for people with dyslexia, those with specific learning differences and their families.

7.To promote and carry out local research into dyslexia, specific learning differences and to disseminate results.

8.To network with other organisations in Singapore and internationally to bring best practices to the DAS and Singapore.

DAS as a Social Enterprise
DAS views itself as a social enterprise. We strive to be a sustainable business with a social mission. Our business is used as a means to help dyslexic people achieve. We reinvest our surpluses to fulfil our social objectives and in doing so, combine the entrepreneurial and business skills with our philanthropic mission characteristics as a not-for-profit organisation.

Characteristics of DAS Social Enterprise
1.We provide high-quality, professional, innovative and client-focused solutions to create and sustain services for the dyslexic community in Singapore and the region.

2.We operate as a financially viable and cost-effective business which at the same time ensures that no dyslexic person is unable to access our services because they cannot afford it.

3.We generate social returns on our investments through the development of a dynamic, motivated team of highly qualified and experienced professionals.

4.We have a heightened sense of accountability to stakeholders through our professional management team.

Contact :

Dyslexia Association of Singapore
1 Jurong West Central 2
#05-01, Jurong Point
Singapore 648886

Tel: 6444 5700
Fax: 6444 7900

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