October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

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

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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 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 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!