About Us

Who We Are

Zahra Nawaz

Hello beautiful people! I’m Zahra Nawaz from Melbourne (Australia). While I’m not chasing after my boys or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I work with dyslexic and additional needs children. I’m an Orton Gillingham trained practitioner registered with the Australian Dyslexia Association. I’ve also undertaken advanced OG morphology and multisensory mathematics training with Ron Yoshimoto. I’m a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia and additional needs. I trained to be a dentist and completed my Masters in Health and Human Services Management. I’m currently studying to be a counsellor specialising in child development and expressive therapies.

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Ashaz Shafeeq

Hi I’m Ashaz. I’m 9 years old. I like playing chess and soccer. I love drawing pokemon and illustrating books with mum and dad.

Adheen Shafeeq

Hi, I’m Adheen. I’m 7 years old. I love bird watching, beyblades, pokemon and taking care of my garden. I also like to go fishing. I illustrate books with my brother Ashaz and help mum practise her OG resources.

Shaf Azam

I am the tech and marketing guy behind our initiative. When he isn’t troubleshooting for Zahra, you can find him consulting to the airline and healthcare industries.

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Heidi Gregory

Heidi is the Chief Advisor provides mentoring support and guidance to Zahra on rolling out the Dystinct Book 2021 initiative.

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The Need to Change the Narrative

One in five children who pass through our one size fits all education system are on the dyslexia continuum, diagnosed or not. They are repeatedly dismissed as too dumb or unaidable, leaving desperate parents with very few avenues to turn to. 
Our beautiful children are broken by the very system that is meant to nurture and raise them. These are promising young minds who are made to feel worthless over and over again because the system has failed to recognise their differences. 
Their struggles are often brushed under the rug or the system recognises their existence but lacks the capacity to make the changes necessary to accommodate their uniqueness.
There is a need to change the narrative around dyslexia from that of ‘slow’, ‘not working hard enough’, ‘lazy’ to one of hardworking, passionate, uniquely different and worthy.

What is Dystinct?

The year 2020 has been tough but it’s also given most of us the gift of time to put things into perspective. We got to experience first hand the struggles of our dyslexic children when it was time to log on for remote learning and we’ve been lucky to see them flourish under our care.
Dystinct.org was founded during the lockdown to support dyslexic children and their families through this long lonely road ridden with obstacles that is uniquely ours. We are here with a commitment to empower dyslexics and their champions so that, they can discover the strengths within themselves and appreciate the uniqueness that dyslexia has offered them.
We aim at instilling a strong sense of self-worth in dyslexic children who have had unfair opportunities chipping away at their self-esteem throughout their existence. Our mission is to foster a community that celebrates the difference of dyslexia.
Not every dyslexic child is magically a genius. Oftentimes, we spend hours looking for the genius or outside the box thinking in our dyslexic kids failing to realise that it was in them all along, hidden in plain sight under the years self-doubt and shame that the society ingrained in them for not matching up to their peers. We aim to peel back at these negative layers of damaged self-esteem and provide the children with a platform to truly appreciate their uniqueness, take pride in their difference and revel in the knowledge that within their difference, lies their strength.

What We Do

Dystinct.org has two initiatives to fulfil the mission of creating a strong village that can support us through the shared journey of dyslexia.
  1. Experts Panel: Created by Zahra to lay the foundation of our initiatives to provide evidence based content.
  2. Dystinct Magazine: We are the ultimate resource of inspiration and expertise for everyday dyslexics and their families. Dystinct Magazine seeks to find the extra ordinary that lies within the ordinary. Every dyslexic child is blessed to be distinctively different. We have set out to identify and nurture these differences to instil a strong sense of achievement in children who are often forgotten about. We also bring to you relevant Up-to-date advise from leading experts in the industry to help you navigate the path to success.

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