About DAS Academy
The DAS Academy is a Private Education Institution (PEI) registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE), an agency under the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). Formerly the training services arm of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS), DAS Academy was officially incorporated on 19 February 2010, to provide training services for parents, caregivers and educators to be well-equipped with skills in supporting learners with dyslexia and other commonly co-occurring Special Educational Needs (SEN).
DAS Academy specialises in training for educators and parents, and empowers them to support children with special educational needs (SEN). Made up of a team of lecturer-practitioners in multiple but related disciplines i.e. educational therapists, psychologists and speech therapists, DAS Academy delivers SEN training that is holistic, practical and grounded in SEN frameworks and theory.
DAS Academy operates in this niche market of hidden SENs that affect learning in specific areas of functioning. SENs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and speech and language difficulties can affect the way an individual learns and processes information, and often interfere with their competency in school and life.
These SENs affect about 10-15% of the population; with many people unaware of their condition even until adulthood. However, early diagnosis and early intervention can level the playing field for these children. Armed with the right coping strategies, they learn to cope with their learning difficulties and have the same chances of success compared with their peers.
Mission and Vision
With a mission to empower special education professionals and caregivers to help people with special educational needs achieve their full potential, DAS Academy is a key training provider for SEN training in the local landscape. Our hands-on and practical workshops and certificates are frequently attended by mainstream educators, employees of social service agencies and parents/ caregivers of children with SEN. The elaborate courses such as the specialist diploma and postgraduate master programme cater to the growing needs of professionals working in the SEN sector.
Our vision to be a world-class academic institution providing education and research in SEN is reflected in our on-going collaborations with government, educational and professional bodies.
Our Collaborative Partners
University of South Wales (UK) (2013 – Current) – Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs
London Metropolitan University (2009 – 2018) – Master of Arts in Specific Learning Differences
Singapore University of Social Sciences (2018 – current) – Certificate in Understanding Dyslexia (e-learning) (English and Chinese)