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As of January 2015, The House Dyslexia Caucus has announced it’s 114th Congress leadership with Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) serving as bipartisan co-chairs.  Here is a link to the Press Release and the new website.    Here is a list of representatives who have signed on so far.

Last year, we encouraged everyone to reach out to their representatives to encourage support of the Bipartisan  Caucus and the House Resolution 456 on dyslexia.  We are truly appreciative of the support of  Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Tom Price and Rep. John Lewis who all signed on as Co-Sponsors last year.   Let’s all reach out to them again, to be sure they re-commit their support with the new leadership.   Here are some easy steps you can take to keep our momentum going…….

Step 1:   Find your rep here

Step 2: Find out if your rep has joined the Bipartisan Dyslexia Caucus yet.

Step 3:  Please reach out to your Representative by phone and in writing and ask for their support. Here is a sample message that you can customize with your own story and why increased awareness, identification and effective services are necessary for our kids to reach their full potential.

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman (last name):

I am writing to ask that you consider joining the Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, formed to work across party lines to educate members and the public about dyslexia.  There is much work to be done in raising awareness about dyslexia and making policy changes that create opportunity for all dyslexics and remove barriers to success.  I urge you to join Rep. Julia Brownley and Rep. Lamar Smith in this effort today.

Sincerely,

 

(Your name/mailing address)

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Host An Outreach Meeting:

One of our goals is to provide support to parent-led groups all over the state.  You can get involved by helping us coordinate informational outreach meetings in your area.  If you have a group of interested parents  and a facility to host an event, we can help you plan the meeting.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and we are Participating in The Me Too! Campaign, started by Virginia’s Decoding Dyslexia group.

Decoding Dyslexia GA wants to connect with parents and educators throughout the month of October to celebrate our community.  In an effort to increase dyslexia awareness in our state we are asking for you to consider hosting a Dyslexia Support Group during the month of October. Big or Small, each gathering will make a difference to our community.

Below we have put together a step by step How To Guide to host your support group meeting, to include printable sheets, flyers and topic suggestions.

There is nothing better than hearing the words “Me Too” from someone on a similar journey.

The Me Too! Campaign starts Oct 1, Join Us!!!!!

 

How-to-Guide: Organizing a Dyslexia Support Meeting

 Commit to holding a support meeting

  1. Pick a date and time
  2. Choose a venue
    1. Library
    2. Schools
    3. Community Centers
    4. Churches
    5. Starbucks, Panera or coffee shop
    6. Homes
  3. Contact DDGA asap with your event details, we will share and publicize on our social media platforms
  4. Advertise through:
    1. Local distribution lists
    2. Produce a paper flyer (optional) Template found below
    3. Word of mouth
    4. School PTAs
    5. Your personal social media pages
  5. Create a topic focus
    1. Start a discussion based on a specific IDA fact sheet
    2. Discuss getting involved at a local/state/federal level
    3. IEPs or 504 Accommodations, “what works”
    4. Assistive technology (demonstration)
    5. Invite a professional in the field of dyslexia to share their expertise (optional)
    6. Watch Embracing Dyslexia or another related film
  6. Day of the meeting:
    1. Bring refreshments or not (it’s been done successfully both ways)
    2. DDGA suggests giving out a handout that lists books, websites and documentaries that are useful as resources.  We can provide you with links to many of the great resources that are available.
  1. Use a sign in sheet available from DDGA to have attendees entered into our database for future communication
  2. Have name tags and pens available (optional)
  3. DDGA mission statement and goals one pager available to introduce the grassroots movement
  4. Highlight the support meetings as a place to build community and lend support to each other
  5. Introduce discussion topic
  6. Facilitate questions and conversations
  7. Steer discussion into solution driven areas if one or more of your attendees gets ‘unnecessarily’ negative for an extended time
  8. Close with appreciation for parents taking the time to join DDGA
  9. Take pictures for DDGA to post on social media platforms
  10. Follow up on questions posed to DDGA
  11. Send sign up sheet to us at decodingdyslexiageorgia@gmail.com to be entered into our DDGA database

 

Email decodingdyslexiageorgia@gmail.com with any questions about setting up your meeting.  Thanks for your support!