Empowering Dyslexia Advocacy: A Family's Journey and Educational Initiative

Dyslexia runs in our family, my son and my twin sister’s son, struggle with it.  We also have identified other members of the family, cousins and their children. When my son was in preschool and first grade, he struggled with an unidentified learning difficulty, which made spelling a nightmare and reading frustratingly slow. As he was going through these struggles, my twin sister’s son had similar challenges. Despite their difficulties with English, they both excelled in math. Discovering their struggles had a name – dyslexia – was a load off our shoulders. My son’s teachers were dismissive and uneducated about it. They suggested removing him from school or having him repeat a grade. Refusing to accept this, I became his fierce advocate, delving myself into research, and attending workshops abroad.

The Neglect of Children with Learning Difficulties

Within three months of dedicated efforts, his academic performance soared.  He became confident in discussing his dyslexia and even saw it as a source of inspiration, comparing himself to successful dyslexic individuals. Teachers changed their approach and began referring other parents to us for support.

After successfully assisting our sons, Nancy and I initiated remedial classes for children with reading difficulties at our homes. This inadvertently made me proficient in dyslexia. Seeking to enhance my teaching abilities, I pursued a postgraduate diploma in Education followed by a Master of Arts in Child Development.  Nancy completed her Diploma in Special Needs Education and a Higher Diploma in Functional Assessment.

The relentless pursuit of high grades in schools frequently results in distressing consequences for children with unidentified learning difficulties.  Tragically, it’s not uncommon to hear students taking their own lives after receiving examination results. Moreover, abuse from teachers and parents persists, even though corporal punishment has been outlawed.   This abuse is particularly targeted at ‘slow learners,’ who are unfairly labelled as lazy and deserving of punishment.

 

Children with unidentified learning difficulties experience a double tragedy.  While academically gifted learners easily receive sponsorships for education, those with dyslexia and other invisible learning challenges are often neglected.  Institutions and individuals enthusiastically support high achievers, providing them with the “wings to fly” but for ‘slow learners’, their wings are clipped.  They drop out of primary school, either due to being overaged from repeating grades or frustration.  Without educational opportunities, many end up in odd jobs or even crime. This needed to change.

We could not stop talking about dyslexia, no matter where we were – whether in churches, buses, or women’s groups. Our research revealed that over 10% of the population had dyslexia, meaning many people were unknowingly struggling, either as parents or with their children. This spurred us to start profiling individuals in society.

After five years of research and hard work, we realized it was time to formally raise awareness. In 2010, we founded Dyslexia Organization Kenya to educate people about dyslexia. We noticed a significant gap among teachers, so our focus was on meeting the needs of pupils and individuals with specific learning difficulties in Kenya and Africa.

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