History of Persatuan Dyslexia Malaysia

The formation of Persatuan Dyslexia Malaysia The Rotary Club of Gombak, as part of its community service, and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), jointly organised a one-day public seminar on dyslexia awareness in Malaysia on April 18, 1993. More than 180 people, consisting of professionals, teachers and parents, attended the very successful seminar, where several experts addressed the gathering. Among the speakers was the president of a parent support group Australia, who talked about her organisation and how it was assisting parents who had dyslexic children.

At the end of the seminar, the participants decided that an association be formed in Malaysia with the primary objectives to advance the education and welfare of children and others who are affected by specific learning disabilities and to promote general awareness and understanding of the problems and needs of children with such disabilities, thereby enabling diagnosis and treatment so that their disabilities may be remedied. Dr Hussain Imam of the Paediatric Institute, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, was elected as the protem president, with Mr Chandran Nair from the Rotary Club of Gombak as the secretary. Several professionals, teachers and parents of children with learning disabilities were elected as protem committee members. Thereafter, an application was made for the registration of the association on due compliance of statutory requirements of the Registrar of Societies Wilayah Persekutuan. On March 23, 1995, Persatuan Kesukaran pembelajaran Spesifik, Wilayah Persekutuan (Specific Learning Disabilities Association of Wilayah Persekutuan) was registered. The official address of the association was Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur.

Having initiated the formation of the association, the Rotary Club of Gombak, on the occasion of a dinner to celebrate its 25th anniversary, on April 8, 1995 at Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, formally launched the association under the auspices of Rotary District 3300 Governor Encik Mohd Ariff Shafie.

At the Annual General Meeting in 1999, the members present passed a resolution to change the name of the association to Persatuan Dyslexia Wilayah Persekutuan and to change the official address to No 6 Persiaran Kuantan, off Jalan Kuantan, 53200 Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Since March 1999, the association has used these premises for its activities, such as seminars for teachers and parents, counselling and special classes for dyslexic children. The amendments to the constitution were approved by the Registrar of Societies on January 21, 2000.

The Rotary Club of Gombak has continued to be involved in the Persatuan Dyslexia, Two Rotarians have served on the committee - Vice-President Mr Sen Gupta and Honorary Secretary Miss Coralie Leong. Mr Lim Kok Beng has also provided auditing services. In 2002-2003, the Rotary Club of Gombak joined hands with three overseas clubs and with Rotary International to provide a grant for audio visual equipment, computers and library books.

The Resource Centre was formally opened by then Women and Family Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil during the association's Open Day on April 6, 2003. The new head office shifted to JKR, 3488, Jalan Ampang Hilir, Ampang 55000, Kuala Lumpur. On April 16, 2008, we were registered as Persatuan Dyslexia Malaysia and started operating throughout Malaysia. The same year, the head office was shifted from Jalan Titiwangsa to JKR 3488, Jalan Ampang Hilir 4, Ampang 55000 Kuala Lumpur. The house was rented from Jabatan Pendidikan. In 2014, the head office was shifted to the current location at No. 349, Jalan Ampang, Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur. Currently, the association runs 13 centres nationwide, presided by Puan Sariah Amirin.

Background

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Our Mission

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