Children with dyslexia should not be deprived of intervention and remediation just because of their financial status.
Income OrangeAid provides bursaries for preschoolers attending the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) preschool early literacy intervention programme.
Like many of the bursary kids, Jake (not his real name) comes from a low-income disadvantaged family with challenging circumstances.
Jake was flagged by his kindergarten as having literacy learning difficulties that is characteristic of dyslexia. After six months of early literacy intervention at the DAS, he was diagnosed dyslexic at the end of K2.
Thanks to the generous on-going donations of many donors, Jake was able to receive a bursary for the preschool programme, and that made a big difference in his life.
Recently, I bumped into Jake and his guardian on the street. His guardian shared how it was a pleasant surprise to find Jake doing well in spelling in primary school. She wanted to thank the DAS preschool programme for making a difference and the many OrangeAid donors whose donations made it possible for Jake to attend classes.
Jake is currently still attending DAS classes at the Queenstown Learning Centre. Through OrangeAid’s partnership with DAS, we hope that we will be able to help even more children like Jake secure a better future.
As the Preschool Programme Manager, I would also like to convey my appreciation to NTUC Income OrangeAid and its continuous support of our early intervention programme, along with the many donors and unsung heroes who support the work of DAS.