We are united in our dedication to raise awareness, advocacy and support to dyslexic people.
WHO WE ARE
Did you ever sit in a class with that mate who couldn’t write their own name? Did you ever teach a child whose performance was so abysmal you wondered if they even understood a thing you taught? Do you have a child who is a low performer in academic work?Are you wondering what is wrong with such a child but have never found the answers? Have you already concluded that the child is lazy, dumb, good for nothing, or that he/she can never amount to anything? Do you know about Dyslexia?
Dyslexia as defined by the International Dyslexia Association, “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Africa Dyslexia Organisation (ADO)
It is estimated that about 15% to 20% of any population maybe dyslexics. In addition, most of the people with dyslexia in Africa are not aware of it because little is known about dyslexia and both adults and children who may be dyslexics are struggling in silence.
According to statistics, 1 in 5 are likely to have dyslexia which means that teachers are much more likely to identify students with the disorder.
ADO is a non-profit organisation that focuses its efforts on providing help for dyslexic people by raising awareness on dyslexia, providing educational tools, framework and support to dyslexic people.
Africa Dyslexia Organisation focuses its work on sustainable development goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and goal 10 “Reducing inequalities and ensuring no one is left behind”
Our ultimate goal is to champion awareness, advocacy on dyslexia so the majority of Africa’s population of education policymakers, teachers, school owners and parents are informed and know about dyslexia and support available to give assistance to dyslexic people.
To build a world-class organisation dedicated to helping dyslexic people and those with specific learning differences across the continent of Africa.
To empower dyslexics and others with reading differences to become productive citizens whilst avoiding their marginalisation in formal education and in the labour market.