Campaign for dyslexia expert to visit Lincoln

DYSLEXIA: Tommy McNab and McKenna Reidy are local children struggling with dyslexia.A GROUP of Eyre Peninsula mothers is raising money to get international world-leading dyslexia expert Neil Mackay to Eyre Peninsula.
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Britain-based Mr Mackay, a former teacher who created the concept of dyslexia-friendly schools, is visiting South Australia in October and the local group hopes to raise enough money to fund his trip to Eyre Peninsula.

Dyslexia Action Group Eyre Peninsula member Melissa McNab, whose son Tommy has dyslexia, said she along with group members Debbie Webb and Liz Durdin were planning workshops by Mr Mackay across the region that could be attended by all schools to find out how they could become accredited for dyslexia teaching methods.

Mrs McNab said Mr Mackay was working with former Port Lincoln local Dr Sandra Marshall, now the Dyslexia Action Group Barossa and Gawler Surrounds (DAGBAGS) chairwoman, and her team of professionals to develop the Dyslexia Aware School Quality Mark, which will be used throughout South Australia as a best practice teaching benchmark.

She said the first four schools to complete this accreditation process in South Australia were Wasleys Primary School, Gawler Primary School, Immanuel Lutheran School at Gawler and St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School at Evanston.

The local group hopes Eyre Peninsula schools will become accredited in the next few years, with Tumby Bay Area School already in the process of becoming a dyslexia aware school.

“We are seeking donations from community organisations, local business or individual community members, like the very generous Karen Lombe who has made the largest donation so far of $200,” Mrs McNab said.

She said according to information from Mr Mackay, dyslexia occurred in 15 per cent of Australians and it was estimated that only 10 per cent of people with dyslexia completed Year 12.

“Twenty-five per cent of school children have dyslexic type learning needs.

“This equates to over five children in every classroom.”

She said the group hoped that schools becoming accredited would help remove barriers to achievement and a normal life for those with dyslexia.

“We want all children to reach their full potential.

“Our mission statement is ‘Allow all Australian children a fair go in the Australian education system’.

“Success at school leads to healthy self-esteem and keeps kids engaged in our schools and society.”

To date the group has raised $1520 of the target amount of $2300.

Donations can be made direct to www.mycause南京夜网.au/page/removingdyslexiaasabarriertoachievementlowereyrepeninsula

If you would like your school to be involved or for more information go to dageps.4ormat南京夜网

There will be local representation at a Hickinbotham Hall gala dinner in Adelaide on Friday, November 21, an awards dinner for Neil Mackay’s Dyslexia Aware School. Local businesses can sponsor the event or book a table; email [email protected]南京夜网 for more information.

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