The Ministry of Corrective Services sign in Arorangi. Photo: CI NEWS/22051220
Dyslexia advocates are calling for better care of inmates dealing with the disorder.
A recent meeting between Ministry of Corrective Service staff and the Dyslexia Society highlighted the future of inmates suffering from Dyslexia - a condition that advocates say hasn’t received enough attention or awareness in the Cook Islands.
a learning condition that affects a person’s ability to read and write.
keen to start something,” said Jean Francis, chairwomen of the recently formed
Cook Islands Dyslexia Society, which is a non-profit organisation.
“We went to
the prison and gave a presentation to them about how we could work
collaboratively in the future with their inmates.
want to do is have a look at all of them, so there was a suggestion that we
look at the staff (as well) and we are really happy to do that,” she adds.
that’s one of our objectives, is to help the adults in our community, as well
as our younger Cook Islanders.”
to Francis, there is a high number of inmates that have some form of Dyslexia.
difference” ranges from mild to severe, and affects all racial and ethnic
dyslexia have difficulty learning to read and write and often fall behind
academically, even though the condition has nothing to do with intelligence.
percent of the population has some degree of dyslexia, often undiagnosed,
according to the World International Dyslexia Association.
that the society has come about so quickly has been phenomenal,” said Francis,
referring to the Cook Islands Dyslexia Society.
to the team of people pushing this along and getting in there.
success of this and any new initiatives has been because of the people we have
approached, who have been so supportive of what we are doing,” she added.
“I think that
the more we get out, the more information and the more we talk about it, the
faster we can help.”
Islands News reached out to the Secretary for the Ministry of Corrective
Services, Teokotai Joseph, who said: “The meeting between the Ministry of Corrective
Services and the Dyslexia Society was to inform the senior management of the
Corrective Services as to what is Dyslexia.
has been decided as to whether there will be new programmes implemented in the
meeting did not include the Minister for Corrective Services,” he added.