Dyslexia is a learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words. According to a study by Chan, Ho, Tsang & Lee in 2007, it is estimated that 9.7-12.6% of students in Hong Kong are affected by dyslexia. Without correct identification and support, dyslexia can be a barrier to learning and can lead to failure at school or exclusion. At present, students suspected with dyslexia are mostly identified in first semester of Primary 1, but these students need to wait for 6-18 months to receive assessment from educational psychologist. During the waiting period, no support would be available to them.
To fill the service gap and provide early support to suspected dyslexic students, we have launched “Read Write Fun” program which is sponsored and fully supported by BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2012. It is estimated that there would be 215 beneficiaries.