The Yemen Dyslexia Association

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The Yemen Dyslexia Association


Al Hakeemi, Abdulrahman, Perspectives on Language and Literacy


The Yemen Dyslexia Association (YDA), a membership organization with 300 members, was established in 2008. It is the third Dyslexia Association to be established in the Arab world and it has been instrumental in the establishment of the Dyslexia Higher Committee at the Ministry of Education in Ta'ez Covernorate in Yemen.

YDA defines dyslexia as a functional disorder of the left side of the brain. It causes a difficulty in reading, writing, or mathematics associated with other symptoms such as weakness in short-term memory, ordering, movements, and directions awareness. The organization provides the following to help people with dyslexia:

* tutoring for children

* teacher training

* counseling, referrals to community services

* governmental advocacy

* assessment/clinical diagnostic services

YDA's members have participated in many meetings, seminars, and activities as well as research papers and workshops around the Arab region. …

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