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© 2018 by Square Pegs Dyslexia Support & Advocacy Inc. 

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.

Our Board

 

Amelia Jones, Chairperson

 

Peter Van Dal, Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer

 

Kathryn Van Dal, Secretary

 

Amanda Norgaard, MSL Coordinator

Judith Hudson, Ambassador

Harriet Fitzgerald, MSL trainee

Our Network Group Coordinators

 

Amanda Norgaard, Hobart Network Coordinator

amanda@zapsolutions.com.au

Samantha Lapidge, Kingston Network Coordinator

sam_lapidge@hotmail.com

Clare Weare, Launceston Network Coordinator

clare@startsmarttasmania.com.au

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 literacy 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.

 

 

Actvitity Reports

 

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.