In November 2014, we published Jarett’s and his mom’s artwork in our printed magazine. Fast forward 4 years, Jarett will be representing Singapore in Egypt for Awladna International Arts Forum for the Gifted in Cairo! We are so proud of him!
When Jarett was 7, he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. Due to his conditions, Jarett is unable to read or learn things the usual way. According to his mother, Angela, because her son is dyslexic, he is not able to learn to pronounce words as easily as his peers.
Having Irlen Syndrome means that Jarett has a problem with processing visual information. Irlen Syndrome is a perception processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a condition where the brain is not able to process visual information. Jarett has difficulties in reading because the words will form a muddled clutter in his head. Sometimes, the words appear to be floating on the paper. There are occasions when the words are not visible. In some cases, the gap between the words is so big that it affects his understanding.
Children with learning difficulties often try harder than their peers in school. Many are misunderstood for their poor academic performance and have low self-esteem. Through nature art, Jarett finds natural ways for self-expression and reminds himself of his dreams and hopes. Despite his conditions, Jarett is remarkably talented in art. Without any formal training, he is able to produce a detailed drawing within minutes. All he needs is to take one look at the subject.
Now Jarett is officially an Irlen Ambassador. He continues to soldier on and his journey to give voice and hope to children with learning difficulties has begun. Today, his story has touched over 500 children’s lives and inspired many to see beyond limitations.
“Every child is special. Love us just the way we are.” – Jarett Tay from Singapore.
We wish Jarett the very best in his future endeavours and may he continue to grow and excel in art.
Read the articles about Jarett:
10-year-old boy who beat the odds despite dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome is Singapore’s latest role model