- DYSLEXIA Organization, Kenya was founded in 2010 and registered with NGO.
- Way before, in 2004, Phyllis and Nancy both parents of children with dyslexia had note that their children were struggling in school due to undiagnosed condition called dyslexia
- Also realized that the condition was hardly known by teachers and parents, and basically stakeholders in education did not have much information about dyslexia.
- As a team, they embarked on research and practiced the methods learned and they were able to help their children. The children improved academically, socially and their eroded self-esteem was redeemed.
- This motivated the sisters to share their findings with other teachers, parents and basically anyone who cared to listen.
- By and by, more and more parents of children referred to as slow learners started coming out. Teachers started referring parents to Nancy and Phyllis to help them understand the problem with their children, who though looking normal, had problems with school and performed poorly in academics.
- More research, local and international trainings, attending international conferences and sharing with other countries of the world provided more information about dyslexia. It became apparent that learning difficulties (slow learner) was not a Kenyan but international problem.
- With increased numbers of affected children and parents, and now with more information, there was need to find a platform to increase awareness nationally.
- That is how Dyslexia Organisation, Kenya was registered with the NGO Board of Kenya by parents and teachers of children with dyslexia. Currently, we have international and professional membership.
- So in effect dyslexia awareness started way back in 2004 in Kenya.
- DOK focuses on increasing public awareness and actively supports effective teaching approaches and intervention strategies for children and adults with dyslexia and related reading disorders.
From Desperation to inspiration
From Desperation to inspiration
In 2004, two mothers related by blood and who shared a birthday found out that their sons had similar characteristics, difficulty in reading. One a teacher, but still could not understand why even with special attention to her son, he still could not read, while rest of children in her class had no problem reading. By accident, Phyllis bumped into a magazine written ‘children who write ‘doy, for boy’. Finally, difficulty with reading had a name ‘dyslexia’. DOK, was started by twin sisters when they realized the knowledge gap with teachers
"Thousands of capable learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties are failing in our schools. There are about 6 children in every class with specific learning difficulties in Kenya.
Lack of awareness by teachers and parents leads the children towards a path of failure throughout life. Most of the children drop out of school at early age and due to frustration and social discrimination, majority engage in crime, others risk becoming radicalized, few lucky ones work in family business or go to TVET and others just scrap through life."
This affects us all due to an increased burden on social systems and the lost potential of these young people. Lots of money is lost each year due to higher rates of incarceration, school drop-out and wasted opportunities.
Through awareness campaigns, teacher training, parents counselling, assessment, youth mentor-ship programmes and advocacy, offered at DOK, the affected persons get chance to be understood, succeed and live a life of hope.
DOK is a welcoming hand, ushering students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties into a community where they are helped to move from self-doubt to empowerment — and even their own version of greatness.
A society friendly where dyslexic people of all ages are empowered to reach their full potential.
To facilitate an inclusive environment that accommodates people with dyslexia through creating awareness and knowledge sharing.
What people are saying
Geoffrey KaraniAm talented in drawing and am dyslexic. At my former school, teachers and pupils were shocked to here that am in grade six and could not read nor write good spellings. Teachers used to punished me for performing below average, but this changed when I went to Raregem school. They helped me understand what dyslexia is an gave me a chance to improve without punishments. I love drawing and that is what i would like to do as my career.
Am a graduate in the field of IT and am dyslexic. My journey in school has not been smooth cause English is the language used for all subjects.In my kindergarten teachers noted that my “b” were sometimes written as “d” or vice-versa and my spellings were terrible. I was even forced to repeat class for me to have a better performance at grade three but i was good in other subject like math and science. latter I was told I am dyslexic. It being identified early helped me a lot, cause my attitude changed toward languages. But my spelling is not that 100% up-to date. In high school and university I had problems in exam writing. Am passionate with technology and have a potential to do more in this field.
Am an athlete who is dyslexic in Kenya. I learnt late, that is why I had difficulties while studying in school. I decided to do sport cause that was what I was best in. I also train upcoming athlete. I work with other people who are physically challenged and I would like to create awareness about dyslexia.