Children with dyslexia should not be deprived of intervention and remediation just because of their financial status.
A small boy with a big heart, Ziq (not his real name), was described by his teachers and principal as always being happy and easy-going.
Speaking in halting English, Ziq happily explained that he was going to be a postman like his dad when he grew up. He likes the idea of being strong and being able to deliver things to others. Ziq lives with his bedridden grandmother and his mother who cares for him and his two younger siblings.
Unfortunately, he was flagged by his kindergarten as being potentially at risk of dyslexia or specific learning difficulties because he was falling behind when it came to reading and writing. His younger sister was also showing similar difficulties.
Both Ziq and his younger sister are currently beneficiaries of the Income OrangeAid Bursary administered by the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) Preschool Programme.
Dyslexic, Ziq is in Primary Two now and strives on despite the demands of his academic studies.
His younger sister, likewise, is now a confident kindergartener who sings in class and plays happily with friends in school. It’s clear that she has come a long way from the unhappy child who disliked coming to school daily.
I would like to offer a big thank you to the donors and policyholders who have contributed to Income OrangeAid. You have given hope to these children, their parents and educators.