The objectives of the Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group (GDSG) are to see Gibraltar as a dyslexia friendly society that will enable all dyslexic people to reach there full potential. We also hope to represent the needs of dyslexic people on leaving school, in higher education and in the workplace so that they can achieve academically and socially.
How to recognise it, deal with it and diagnose it. We also want to support those families who have family members who are dyslexic, irrespective of age, gender, and religious belief and sexual preference.
To create Public Awareness:
- By providing a platform for visiting specialists – lecturers.
- Through Discussion Groups
- Through the Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group’s library
- To offer information, guidance, help and advice through the media
To provide diagnosis
- Through organising provision of assessments of individual children/ - adults for individuals requiring such.
- Organise the provision of dyslexic educational programmes by specialists for individuals requiring the like.
- Formation of Group to lobby with the Gibraltar Department of Education/ Government School system i.e. to raise awareness to the issue of dyslexia and promote equality of opportunity in education for ALL children
- To encourage education, health and social services to fulfill their duties and responsibilities in making provision for children with special needs.
Any member of the public can gain membership, who is interested in the objectives of the Group and who applies to become a member. The decision of the Committee upon any such application shall be final.
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Disability (SPLD) affecting a person’s ability to deal with text, and often numbers as well (but some dyslexics excel in maths) (some also have severe problems with co-ordination). Dyslexia is estimated to occur in about 10-15% of the population depending on different studies. As in the case of colour blindness, it is a permanent disability which needs continuous support through schooling. But it is often accompanied by strengths in areas such as creative work often expressed in art, drama and music and empathy with others. The word is from the Greek; Dys = difficulty with, Lexia = Language Dyslexia = Difficulty with language.