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Dyslexia Day at the Capitol 2017

We’re excited to be planning the 2nd Annual Advocacy Day here in Georgia and look forward to meeting with parents, teachers, advocates, tutors and students from throughout the state as we come together to connect with our state legislators in March. Our event is tentatively planned for March 1st from 9am-2pm, pending the legislative schedule.

We are currently signing up Community Partners to join us for this event and welcome any business, school or organization that shares in our mission to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia.

If your organization would like to be included as a Community Partner, please sign up here.

Please be sure to follow us on facebook for the most up to date information on this event and ways to get involved.  As we get details confirmed we will be sharing them on facebook as well as our website and look forward to making a big impact at the capitol in March.

Through the perseverance of so many individuals and organizations throughout the state, we’re seeing an increase in awareness and teacher training around dyslexia.  Things are moving in the right direction but there is still so much to do.  Advocacy Day 2017 is an opportunity to show our appreciation for efforts that have begun and to keep the momentum going until we see appropriate, evidence-based instruction and support for all students with dyslexia.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

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Decoding Dyslexia is Growing!

Thank you for your support!

The national Decoding Dyslexia movement is now represented with active chapters in 47 states! Here in Georgia, we’ve grown as well with new members, more outreach programs, and lots of ideas to spread awareness about dyslexia and to support our students and families throughout the state. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and we’ve included links to some great programs going on in various locations.

H.Res. 456 Update
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced the House Resolution on Dyslexia (H.Res. 456, 113th Congress), recognizing that dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty that has profound educational implications. This is a big step toward ensuring that children who are dyslexic receive the interventions and accommodations that they deserve.We are happy to have the support of the following Co-Sponsors from Georgia:
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Austin Scott
Rep. John Lewis
Rep. Tom PriceIf your representative has not yet signed on, we urge you to reach out to them.  Click Here for some simple steps for contacting your representative regarding this important resolution.The House Science Space and Technology Committee sponsored a hearing on The Science of Dyslexialast month with testimony from Hollywood Screenwriter, Max Brooks, Representative Bill Cassidy, and several researchers, including Sally Shaywitz.  The hearing was recorded and can be viewed here.   This is truly an inspiring and informative video……..if you have not watched it yet, please make time to do so and pass the link on to others!
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

We’ve got several ways for you to get involved!  We’ve kicked off our Me Too! Campaign started by Decoding Dyslexia -Virginia.  The idea is to host outreach meetings throughout the state in the month of October and it’s a great way to connect parents, caregivers, educators and kids throughout the state with our mission and organization.We’ve outlined some basic steps here.  We’ll provide resources and help you promote your event/meeting through social media.  We’re looking for people to host the meetings by securing a venue, a date, and helping to organize and recruit attendees.Up to now, our meetings have taken place around the Metro Atlanta area.  We want to get people throughout the state more involved and connected to our mission and this is a great way to get involved!Please let us know if you are interested in organizing an educational/outreach meeting in your area by reaching out to us by email at decodingdyslexiageorgia@gmail.com or on Facebook.  And don’t worry if you can’t pull something together for October………..we want to spread awareness all year long and we’re always looking for volunteers to host meetings in their part of the state!

The following events all take place in October.  Follow the links to register and reserve your space today!

IDA’s Dyslexia Dash, is on Saturday, October 18 and we’ll be there! Come join us at Perimeter Mall for this 5K race that raises awareness about dyslexia.   The funds raised from the Dash go toward providing teacher trainings, seminars, support groups and advocacy services.   Email julianelsonkennedy@gmail.com if you are interested in walking with our group from Decoding Dyslexia GA…….we’re having t-shirts made to stand out in the crowd.

On October 20th from 7-8:30 pm at the East Cobb Library, there will be a screening of Embracing Dyslexia, a truly inspiring film.  This event, co-sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of IDA and Decoding Dyslexia GA, is free but space is limited, so please reserve you seats by clicking here.

On October 23 at 7 pm, Dyslexia Forsyth is hosting an event at South Forsyth High School on Understanding How Executive Function Impacts Academic Success. Sucheta Kamath, Executive Function Specialist and founder of Cerebral Matters is the presenter.  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Click Here to register for the event. 

Our Decoding Dyslexia for Kids! Art Barn Event is on October 25th from 4-6 pm.  It’s a great way for the whole family to spend the afternoon.  We’ll have a fun presentation for kids on ” Understanding Dyslexia” as well as farm activities and a hayride at Morning Glory FarmAmy Squires of Milton Speech Pathology will also speak to parents and answer questions about their child’s dyslexia.  Admission is just $5 per person.  Registration is Required by clicking here. 

As always, connect with us on facebook and twitter and feel free to forward the newsletter to anyone you know who is interested in joining our cause.   We are always looking for people to host outreach programs in their part of the state!

 

 

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We had a great turn out at our first event for Decoding Dyslexia for Kids. The event was held at HIT ( the High Intensity Training) Center in Cumming. Jennifer Hasser, of Syllables Learning Centers talked with the kids about “What is Dyslexia”. While the kids were busy playing games like tug of war, dodgeball and soccer with the coaches at HIT – Paul West, Assistant Director for Special Education of Forsyth County, and Elaine Francel of 21st Century Education Solutions, spoke with the parents. They led a great panel discussion about how to avoid “the Summer Brain Drain”.

You can find links and other resource information listed on our site in the Resources section.

We would like to thank AICA Ortho Spine www.chiropractoratlanta.com and Syllables Reading Centers www.syllablesreadingcenter.com for their generosity in sponsoring this event.

 

 

 

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This article was reposted from NCLD.org.

Dyslexia Is Local In Forsyth, Georgia

By Tina Pryor McGinley
tina-mcginleyAs I was beginning the journey with my son’s dyslexia, I realized that there was a definite need for local support and resources about learning disabilities (LD). The internet was an invaluable tool (or not, if it caused more anxiety and late-night reading binges!), with a wealth of information about what is and isn’t dyslexia, how to treat it and how not to treat it. However, what I needed was a real-live human being to talk to; someone who has walked in my shoes and knows what it feels like to have your world turned upside down.

It can be very isolating when you feel like the only person in the world with a child that has dyslexia. I needed to find out about steps I should take to get a diagnosis, how to find the right tutor and what to ask for in the school system.

Since I was unable to find local support for LD, I contacted a private school for dyslexia for advice. All I needed was someone to assure me that I should run with my instinct that something was not right with my child’s learning, instead of the wait and see that I consistently heard. It was liberating to feel that I was not at the mercy of schools, that I no longer had to convince teachers that there was a problem and that I had some control of the situation.

Eventually, our family made our way through the early stages of my son’s diagnosis and remediation through a lot of sweat and tears, plus two years at a private school that teaches specifically to students with dyslexia. After witnessing how well my son responded to being immersed in an environment well-suited for his learning style, it fueled my passion to increase awareness about this most common LD. I realized a diagnosis of dyslexia was not a sentence to perpetual failure but an opportunity to change my perspective on learning and intelligence.

Once I had made it to the acceptance phase of grieving (and yes, you do grieve over a child’s diagnosis of a LD), I knew something had to be done to prevent other people from experiencing the same heart-break that I had from a lack of local support. With the backing from the assistant director of special education in my district, I sent out an email to people whom I thought would have a similar enthusiasm to serve the community. Thus, the formation of Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County, a group of professionals and parents of children with dyslexia with a mission to provide local support to parents and educators. We are all passionate about increasing awareness and helping others navigate the ups and downs of LD.

Each month, we host free, monthly presentations at our local board of education. Some presentation topics have included: executive function, identifying the profile of a struggling reader, how families and their school system can work together to ensure success for their student, the legal rights of students in special education and a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Members of our group frequently provide emotional support and advice via email and phone. We also make sure that families in our community have access to articles and helpful information about learning and attention issues.

The internet is a wonderful place with great resources, but local support and resource groups have a critical role to play. I highly recommend looking for a local group in your area. A good place to start is NCLD’s resource locator. If you can’t find a local group that you like, think about starting your own. Knowing that you can change the life of a student by helping a parent or teacher have a better understanding of LD makes this crazy and unpredictable journey of dyslexia worthwhile.

Tina Pryor McGinley is co-founder of Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County and volunteers for Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia. She resides in Cumming, Georgia with her husband and three children.


Event Day Details and How You Can Help

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on March 1, 2017 at the Georgia Capitol for Dyslexia Day 2017.  But even if you are unable to join us, there are many ways you can help make this a successful event. If your company, school or organization would like to sign up as a Community Partner, there is still time.  Community Partners support our mission of raising awareness about dyslexia and informing policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia. The deadline for signing up as a Community Partner is this Friday, February 10th, in order to have your organization’s name on our event materials and handouts.   For more information, and to sign up, please go here. We need everyone to reach out to their state legislators to let them know that we will be there on March 1st and want to meet them.  We have a group photo scheduled in the Rotunda with Governor Deal at 11:00 and then we are hosting lunch afterwards.  We would love for them to join us. Invitations to lunch will be hand-delivered to all legislators several days prior to the event, but this is a great opportunity for you to contact them personally to ask them to put it on their calendar in advance.  When they hear personally from their constituents, they are much more likely to attend. Here is a link to find your state representatives and senators. We are updating all of our event information daily on our site, so please check back often. We have also created an event on our facebook page and will be publishing updated information throughout the month there as well. Thank you so much for your...

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Dyslexia: Information and Advice for Parents and Teachers

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dyslexia: Information and Advice for Parents and Teachers 7:00pm to 8:30 pm Cumming, Georgia 30040 Why do some kids struggle with reading and spelling? Our presenters will explain what dyslexia is, how to recognize it, and strategies for how parents and educators can help. Speakers: Josie Calamari, M.Ed., is a Fellow-in-Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (www.ortonacademy.org) and is the Teacher Training Coordinator at The Schenck School (www.schenck.org). Ellen Hill, M.Ed., is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (www.ortonacademy.org) and is the Director of Outplacement at The Schenck School (www.schenck.org). This Outreach event is brought to you by the International Dyslexia Association – GA in partnership with the Dyslexia Resource Trust and Decoding Dyslexia Georgia. We would like to thank Shannon Eastin and Kristi Bailey for arranging for this event to be held at Fideles Christian School. Outreach events are free and open to the public. Click here to register...

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Please sign up for our updates if you have done so already!  We have just sent out our October Newsletter, as seen below.  If you have signed up for our updates and don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder or the “Promotions” tab if you use gmail.  From this point forward, we plan to send out regular updates to keep you informed!   Decoding Dyslexia is Growing! Thank you for your support! The national Decoding Dyslexia movement is now represented with active chapters in 47 states! Here in Georgia, we’ve grown as well with new members, more outreach programs, and lots of ideas to spread awareness about dyslexia and to support our students and families throughout the state. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and we’ve included links to some great programs going on in various locations. H.Res. 456 Update Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced the House Resolution on Dyslexia (H.Res. 456, 113th Congress), recognizing that dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty that has profound educational implications. This is a big step toward ensuring that children who are dyslexic receive the interventions and accommodations that they deserve.We are happy to have the support of the following Co-Sponsors from Georgia: Rep. Hank Johnson Rep. Austin Scott Rep. John Lewis Rep. Tom Price If your representative has not yet signed on, we urge you to reach out to them.  Click Here for some simple steps for contacting your representative regarding this important resolution. The House Science Space and Technology Committee sponsored a hearing on The Science of Dyslexia last month with testimony from Hollywood Screenwriter, Max Brooks, Representative Bill Cassidy, and several researchers, including Sally Shaywitz.  The hearing was recorded and can be viewed here.   This is truly an inspiring and informative video……..if you have not watched it yet, please make time to do so and pass the link on to others! October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month We’ve got several ways for you to get involved!  We’ve kicked off our Me Too! Campaign started by Decoding Dyslexia -Virginia.  The idea is to host outreach meetings throughout the state in the month of October and it’s a great way to connect parents, caregivers, educators and kids throughout the state with our mission and organization.We’ve outlined some basic steps here.  We’ll provide resources and help you promote your event/meeting through social media.  We’re looking for people to host the meetings by securing a venue, a date, and helping to organize and recruit attendees. Up to now, our meetings have taken place around the Metro Atlanta area.  We want to get people throughout the state more involved and connected to our mission and this is a great way to get involved! Please let us know if you are interested in organizing an educational/outreach meeting in your area by reaching out to us by email at decodingdyslexiageorgia@gmail.com or on Facebook.  And don’t worry if you can’t pull something together for October………..we want to spread awareness all year long and we’re always looking for volunteers to host meetings in their part of the state! The following events all take place in October.  Follow the links to register and reserve your space today! IDA’s Dyslexia Dash, is on Saturday, October 18 and we’ll be there! Come join us at Perimeter Mall for this 5K race that raises awareness about dyslexia.   The funds...

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The Decoding Dyslexia Movement Goes Social

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This post originally appears on Learning Ally’s website (https://www.learningally.org/decoding-dyslexia-conference-2/)  We want to extend a Special Thanks to Learning Ally, Emily Tremaine Foundation and the Landmark School in MA. From humble beginnings as a grass-roots parent advocacy and support group in NJ, Decoding Dyslexia has expanded to be a tour de force with “movements,” as they describe local groups, in 46 states across America. The parent network has gained traction with legislators in several states and, acting as a microphone for the collective parent voice, continues to grow in volume. For the first time since the group’s inception, representatives from chapters of Decoding Dyslexia all over the country met face-to-face. The occasion was a social media conference in Princeton, NJ at Learning Ally’s headquarters, at which parents and dyslexia supporters took part in a crash course on digital advocacy. Parents from all over the country were able to meet and connect with others through their common goal: to raise awareness of dyslexia, empower families, and inform law-makers on how to best serve students who struggle to read. The event kicked off with a dinner on March 6 at which Susanne Lang, Program Associate, LD of The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, which sponsored the conference; and Andrew Friedman, President and CEO of Learning Ally, welcomed representatives from Decoding Dyslexia who had traveled far and wide to attend the conference. Participants gathered at Learning Ally’s headquarters early the next morning for a full day of workshops and presentations. Sessions covered major channels in the social media realm, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, as well as other helpful online capabilities such as video chatting, document sharing, and blogging. Jill Lam from Decoding Dyslexia—Ohio exemplified the conference’s spirit of collaboration: “We each need to think about not just helping ‘my kid,’ but helping ALL kids!” Speakers included social media savvy members of Decoding Dyslexia, as well as a special session on using social media for educational advocacy by Bill Freitas, Director of Information Technology Services at The Lawrenceville School, a prestigious college prep school in Central NJ. Ben Foss, author of “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan,” also participated in the event and shared his tips on how Headstrong Nation, the dyslexia-focused nonprofit he founded in 2003, uses social media to raise awareness. Nearly every person in attendance brought a laptop, tablet or smartphone on which to practice their new skills. For example, one activity, led by Kristin Kane of Decoding Dyslexia–Virginia, guided participants in making their own photo meme to share on Facebook or other social media channels. Presenters Kim Head (DD-AK) and Jill Lam (DD-OH) You’d be hard pressed to find a room of people who feel more passionately about dyslexia than one full of parents whose own children are affected by the learning disability– naturally, the conference had some emotionally charged moments. Kim Head of Decoding Dyslexia– Arkansas gave a presentation called “The Power of the Face” that demonstrated how focusing on the emotional side of an issue and creating a human connection is an effective way of gaining support for your cause. She played a video montage of children with dyslexia juxtaposed with messages illustrating the gravity of not properly addressing reading issues in American schools. By the end of the emotionally striking clip, there was not a dry eye in the room. After the long day came to an...

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1 in 5

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

            On March 15th, Decoding Dyslexia states around the country asked the public to display their “1 in 5″ proudly for all to see.     This 1 in 5 campaign is piggybacking the observation of National Reading Month, with the reminder that 1 in 5 individuals is dyslexic and struggle with reading everyday.  Some important facts you should know: Dyslexia affects up to 20% of our population.  That’s 1 in 5.   It is the most common and prevalent of all learning disabilities It is the leading cause of failing and school drop outs in the nation Children do not “outgrow” dylexia.  And they can’t be “cured” because it’s not a disease Reading Failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders Without proper intervention, children who are poor readers in 1st grade will continue to struggle into adulthood   And Now Some Good News Kids with dyslexia are smart but have a language-based disability.  They need reading instruction that is direct, explicit and multisensory.  Early intervention is key.  We know what works. We’ve seen the success stories.  Now we need to make sure that all kids have access to the right reading programs.  From Kindergarten on–the earlier the better.  Kids with Dyslexia should not have to fail before getting the help they need.  It’s up to all of us to make sure they reach their full potential and that means early screening and proper instruction from the start.      ...

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Success Stories

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

This article was reposted from NCLD.org.   Dyslexia Is Local in Forsyth, Georgia More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on facebookShare on twitter Share on email By: Tina Pryor McGinley, Parent Contributor   As I was beginning the journey with my son’s dyslexia, I realized that there was a definite need for local support and resources about learning disabilities (LD). The internet was an invaluable tool (or not, if it caused more anxiety and late-night reading binges!), with a wealth of information about what is and isn’t dyslexia, how to treat it and how not to treat it. However, what I needed was a real-live human being to talk to; someone who has walked in my shoes and knows what it feels like to have your world turned upside down.It can be very isolating when you feel like the only person in the world with a child that has dyslexia. I needed to find out about steps I should take to get a diagnosis, how to find the right tutor and what to ask for in the school system.Since I was unable to find local support for LD, I contacted a private school for dyslexia for advice. All I needed was someone to assure me that I should run with my instinct that something was not right with my child’s learning, instead of the wait and see that I consistently heard. It was liberating to feel that I was not at the mercy of schools, that I no longer had to convince teachers that there was a problem and that I had some control of the situation. Eventually, our family made our way through the early stages of my son’s diagnosis and remediation through a lot of sweat and tears, plus two years at a private school that teaches specifically to students with dyslexia. After witnessing how well my son responded to being immersed in an environment well-suited for his learning style, it fueled my passion to increase awareness about this most common LD. I realized a diagnosis of dyslexia was not a sentence to perpetual failure but an opportunity to change my perspective on learning and intelligence. Once I had made it to the acceptance phase of grieving (and yes, you do grieve over a child’s diagnosis of a LD), I knew something had to be done to prevent other people from experiencing the same heart-break that I had from a lack of local support. With the backing from the assistant director of special education in my district, I sent out an email to people whom I thought would have a similar enthusiasm to serve the community. Thus, the formation of Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County, a group of professionals and parents of children with dyslexia with a mission to provide local support to parents and educators. We are all passionate about increasing awareness and helping others navigate the ups and downs of LD. Each month, we host free, monthly presentations at our local board of education. Some presentation topics have included: executive function, identifying the profile of a struggling reader, how families and their school system can work together to ensure success for their student, the legal rights of students in special education and a screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Members of our group frequently provide emotional support and advice via email and phone. We...

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In the News

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Introduces Bipartisan House Resolution Jan 21, 2014 Issues: Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus   Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., along with Congresswoman Julia Brownley, recently introduced H. Res 456, a resolution urging the House of Representatives to call on schools and state and local educational agencies to address the implications that dyslexia has on students.  Representatives Cassidy and Brownley both serve as the Co-Chairs of the House Dyslexia Caucus. Cassidy stated, “Dyslexia affects millions of Americans, including many students.  We know that many with dyslexia are among our brightest and most successful.  If dyslexia is identified in elementary school and the appropriate resources are given to these children, America can produce more teachers, more scientists and more entrepreneurs.” Congresswoman Brownley added, “I am happy to support this common-sense first step towards addressing dyslexia in our schools.  With this resolution, the Caucus can help raise awareness amongst our colleagues about the tools we need to put in place to ensure students struggling with learning disabilities like dyslexia succeed and thrive.” Several advocacy groups involved in dyslexia applaud the introduction of this legislation and look forward to what progress will be made in the next year. Their statements follow: “NCLD applauds Congress for passing a resolution that recognizes the value and talent that resides in students with dyslexia and other learning and attention issues. Now, we must all work together to ensure our education system lives up to the promise expressed in this important resolution,” said James Wendorf, Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. “Parents across the country are eager to support Reps. Cassidy and Brownley in their bipartisan effort to recognize and meet the needs of students with dyslexia.  We encourage all legislators to join their colleagues in advancing this cause.  As a nation we cannot afford to maintain the status quo when it comes to teaching our children to read; far too many students are being left behind,”  said Decoding Dyslexia. “Dyslexia, and other related disabilities, should be about strengths, not about shame. This resolution is an important initial step toward assuring that every child receives a fair and appropriate education and every workplace complies with federal laws about equal opportunity for our community of 30 million Americans,”  said Ben Foss, Board Chair, Headstrong Nation. “Thousands of students, parents, and educators in Learning Ally’s community appreciate the efforts of Dr. Cassidy and members of the Dyslexia Caucus as they advance the reforms needed to improve  educational opportunities for the one in five individuals who are affected by dyslexia,”  said Edward Bray, Learning Ally’s Director of Public Policy & Advocacy. To see the full text of H. Res. 456, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1alqSxe.   ###...

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