(KHNL) - Around 20% of Hawaii's population struggle to read, write, and spell because they have dyslexia.
It's a condition that interferes with the processing of language.
Now one Oahu woman is on a mission to help those who struggle with this learning disability.
Margarette Pang witnesses the fruits of her labor.
She's about to open a dyslexia tutoring center in Kapolei.
It's a learning disability she understands all too well.
"When I read, I need to read over and over again to comprehend it," explained Pang, the founder of Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii.
Pang herself struggles with it.
She said, "There is a sense of being ashamed and embarrassed."
Then she discovered all three of her children faced the same challenges, including her youngest, 9 year old Rachel Pang.
Rachel explained how she felt,"Sad, because I didn't know how to read it."
According to Pang, "When I had my kids and noticed they struggled like me, I wanted to do something better for them."
So Pang went through the schooling to become a certified tutor.
She began to help her kids using techniques like this.
Rachel goes through the sounds of each letter of the alphabet.
This in time helps her become better at reading.
Rachel said, "Because I know some of it now."
And now Pang hopes to take her mission one step further.
She said, "A lot of my ohana come from Waianae all the way here. Where do we go? We can't afford that, so I wanted to do something to help."
She's not only opening the doors to a new center, but she's opening the doors to a whole new world.
"They're our future. In order for us to grow we need to help them grow."
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs gave this non profit organization about $100,000 dollars to provide services to a handful of students.
The grand opening is this Saturday at the Kapolei Building in Kapolei.
For More Information call:
Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii