Square Pegs is a registered charity that has achieved a lot in its first few years of operation.
Started by Amelia Jones and Georgina Porter in response to the huge gap in local information, support and services, the team has quickly grown to include a dedicated group of parents, educators, academics, medical and allied health professionals (including a number of adults with dyslexia themselves).
With a strong base of financial members and hundreds of interested friends we are growing a strong community of interest around the State, with the common goal of ensuring children with dyslexia no longer fall through the gaps.
Amelia Jones, Chairperson
Kathryn Van Dal, Secretary and Deputy Chairperson
Amanda Norgaard, Parent and Accredited MSL Therapist
Dr Judith Hudson, Ambassador
Harriet Fitzgerald, Parent and Accredited MSL Therapist
Annie Abbott, Treasurer
Dr Kate McIntyre, Parent and Strategic Partnerships
Our Network Group Coordinators
Amanda Norgaard, Hobart Network Coordinator
Samantha Lapidge, Kingston Network Coordinator
Clare Weare, Launceston Network Coordinator
Our Goals for Change
Research shows that the techniques best suited to embracing dyslexic children’s learning differences, benefit all children in the classroom!
More importantly, embracing learning differences will help reduce the stress and barriers faced by our children which, if not addressed, could result in significant social costs and an opportunity cost to our community.
Square Pegs is asking the Government to make dyslexia a high priority on the national agenda through the following:
1. Greater recognition and awareness of dyslexia in the education system.
2. Appropriate pre-service training and professional development for teachers in evidence based teaching of reading, teaching for differentiation and multisensory instruction.
3. Early identification and effective early intervention for children identified ‘at risk’ of reading difficulties through introduction of the phonics screener.
4. Ensuring that students with dyslexia receive sufficient funding to provide appropriate learning support and reasonable adjustments.
5. Provision of specialist dyslexia teachers at the third level of intervention (response to intervention model).
6. Implementation of the National Dyslexia Working Party recommendations.
Square Pegs is pleased to present our activity reports for the past three years. We are proud of our achievements as a fully volunteer run, self-funded organisation.