The project “Info Wall for Dyslexia” aims to increase awareness about the advantages and disadvantages of learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. As part of this project, developed and implemented by the Dyslexia Association, interactive presentations on these specific learning disabilities were shown to more than 600 scholars and 50 representatives of schools management in 15 high schools in the country. Another useful tool that was developed was the dyslexia website, that’s designed to offer educators, students, and parents the knowledge they need about learning difficulties as well as to strengthen the confidence of students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
In one of the schools, after an interactive presentation was made, a student with an anxious look approached the project team seeking more information about dyslexia. “I found myself in all of the dyslexia symptoms listed in the presentation. Until now, I was not aware that, maybe, my reading problems were a consequence of dyslexia,” said Matija B. This student as well as other kids with dyslexia continuously face failure at school and feel social pressure from their parents, teachers and friends for their poor academic performance. After this presentation, the project team held additional meetings with Matija. He was eager to learn more about his condition and how to help himself and others.
Matija B. now is a volunteer for Dyslexia Association Einstein in Skopje and his story serves as motivation for the Association to continue to raise awareness about dyslexia in institutions and with the public at large by providing information, education, and support for all those who are affected. “This project helped me to become more confident,” said Matija.
Dyslexia Association is one of 31 civil society organizations that have benefited from the USAID-supported Civic Engagement Project to meaningfully engage with citizens of Macedonia. In addition to its support to increasing knowledge about learning disabilities, the Civic Engagement Project also helps strengthen dialogue between citizens, civil society organizations, and the government on important social issues.