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 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 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,...

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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 (  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 end, the overall consensus was that the many hours of planning and travel were well worth it. As mother Debbie Salazar, who traveled clear across the country on behalf of Decoding Dyslexia–California, said: “Amazing day—an opportunity that will be shared with others for a long...

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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   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 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...

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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   ###...

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