Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Centre's Teachers Raise Dyslexia as Growing Problem

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Centre's Teachers Raise Dyslexia as Growing Problem

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LABOR Senator Claire Moore visited Mackay yesterday to meet with owner and operators of Sunbird Education Centre, Vicki Dammerel and Julie Chin, to discuss the growing need for dyslexia to be acknowledged as a learning difficulty in Queensland schools.

Ms Dammerel said she and Ms Chin, who were both school teachers, were lobbying the state and federal governments in an effort to have dyslexia recognised and supported in every classroom across Queensland.

Ms Dammerel and Ms Chin started Sunbird Education Centre after they realised that there was a growing need for an alternative to group and computer based tutoring in Mackay.

In their role as educators, Ms Dammerel and Ms Chin have seen the effects of dyslexia on children who cannot learn in a conventional classroom.

C[pounds sterling]Labelled Cylazy' or Cystupid' by their peers and sometimes teachers, students who are diagnosed with dyslexia are often intelligent children excelling in other areas such as sport or the arts. …

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