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Mark Your Calendar
Next DD-DC Meeting
June 25, 2020, 7 PM

 

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Decoding Dyslexia DC
and the
DC Office of the
Student Advocate (OSA)
have published a
Guide For Struggling Readers & Spellers in DC.
 Check it out!

 

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Watch this TEDx Talk

"Dyslexia and Privilege"
-Samantha Coppola

Read the draft of the bill here.
 B23-0150 Access to Reading for All: Addressing Dyslexia ​and Other Reading Difficulties Act of 2020


Please email members of the DC Council Committee of the Whole and urge them to pass this bill and fully fund it. 
The children of D.C. deserve no less. 

Effective Education is the Root of Equity
Join us, get involved, and make a difference!
 June Meeting:
 Thursday, June 25th at 7 PM
via Zoom

Zoom invitations will be sent to members that day.

We need your support as we plan for the vital work that remains
to ensure that teachers receive transformational training and
all of DC's students become proficient readers and spellers.  

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Decoding Dyslexia DC 

Statement Regarding Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties 

 in the Black Community

 

  • Because Decoding Dyslexia DC believes the right to read is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time.

  • Because Black students with dyslexia and reading difficulties are disproportionately unidentified or misidentified.

  • Because Black students are consistently given little to no access to appropriate structured literacy approaches by schools.

  • Because, false narratives about Black parents such as lack of involvement, care, or concern are perpetuated, and delay, interfere, and block access to appropriate reading instruction for Black students.

  • Because, Black students not only have to overcome the effects of dyslexia and other reading difficulties but also all forms of racism, including implicit bias, educational bias, institutional bias, and systematic bias. 

 

We pledge to authentically support, raise awareness of, advocate on behalf of, and hold accountable the systems that overlook the needs of Black students.

 

We pledge to be conscious and intentional in our messaging, campaigns, imagery, advocacy, support, and partnerships to ensure that Black students and families are represented.

 

We understand the growth and change we need to make, and we stand
in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

 

Adapted from: Decoding Dyslexia BLM Workgroup Statement (6-14-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missed Jamie Martin's May 28 Presentation? No Problem! 
Watch the video HERE
  

 Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist at the New England Assistive Technology Center in Harford, CT specializes in finding AT solutions for students and adults with dyslexia. Learn about different types of assistive technology and how it can help children regardless of the learning environment.

Upcoming Education Budget Hearing 
Your Voice is Needed!
Specific support for struggling readers in
DC needs attention now more than ever. 
Please submit testimony!


Access to Reading for All: Addressing Dyslexia and Other Reading Difficulties Act of 2020  was revised and passed the DC Council's education committee in February. We expect a vote before the full council by the end of the year. The upcoming education budget hearing is an opportunity to show the council and the Mayor why this legislation is necessary and needs funding.
Please  s
ubmit testimony:

  • Tell your story

  • Tell why universal dyslexia screening for all DC schools (public and charter) are necessary

  • Tell why teacher training on dyslexia and science-based reading instruction is critical now more than ever.

Due to the pandemic, public witnesses for all education agencies will be by invitation only on Thursday, June 4th. Otherwise, testimony can be submitted via email to:  astrange@dccouncil.us, and indicate "testimony" in the subject line. For voicemail testimony, call 202-430-5720. "Testimony received 48 hours before the hearing will be sent to all Councilmembers and the agency representatives.  All testimony will be made part of the official record."

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Click HERE for Dr. Rebecca Resnik's handouts
from her April 7 presentation
 

 

  • Join us on the second Thursday of each month for our DD-DC monthly meetings held at the Southeast Library (other locations TBD)
     

  • Hear from specialists in the fields of disability rights law, neuropsychology, education advocacy, and reading interventions
     

  • Join our advocacy committee and help us work with stakeholders and
     

  • Watch the October 21, 2019 bill hearing HERE!
     

  • Contact the DC Council's Committee of the Whole to ensure passage of B23-0150 Access to Reading for All: Addressing Dyslexia
    and Other Reading Difficulties Act of 2020
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    2019 Recap

2019 was a very big year for us! Decoding Dyslexia DC organizers met for the first time in March and we had our kick-off meeting in May. Since then we have:
 

  • Held 7 meetings at the Wilson building with various Councilmembers and/or their staff on behalf of dyslexia legislation

  • Helped rally support for the Oct. 21st hearing on DC's first Dyslexia Bill. The hearing was nearly 6 hours long and had over 50 people testify in support of dyslexia legislation for DC. 

  • Set up a petition with over 550 signatures supporting dyslexia legislation in DC

  • Collected 169 responses to our survey about dyslexia in DC schools from WTU teachers

  • Had 5 additional general meetings at Southeast Library, bringing experts to parents and teachers and allowing parents and educators of dyslexic children to meet 

  • Attended several workshops and events, sharing resources and information about dyslexia in DC

  • Met with many area stakeholders on this issue of reading instruction and dyslexia.
     

2020 will also be a very big year! We, of course, need your help. We will be meeting with more councilmembers and staff.  We need your voice and for you to tell your story! Please let us know if you would be interested in attending some of the meetings with us. 

Decoding Dyslexia - Washington, DC Welcomes You

Decoding Dyslexia - DC  is a grassroots movement driven by DC families concerned about the limited access to educational interventions for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties within our schools. We aim to raise awareness and empower families to support their children. We also want to inform policy-makers on best practices for screening, identifying, remediating, and supporting students with dyslexia and reading difficulties in DC.

 

Reading is a fundamental civil right, but the status quo is not working for the vast majority of DC's school children. They should have access to effective reading and spelling instruction, and it's up to all of us to make this happen.

 
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Raise Dyslexia Awareness

There are so many ways we can raise awareness -- from small steps to giant leaps… Let’s start now!

  Empower Families to Support Children 

Children deserve their civil right to read, and families need to know how to advocate for their children. 

Information is power.

      Inform and Motivate Policy Makers

Our task is to educate policy-makers that it is in everyone's best interest that all students in the District of Columbia read proficiently.  

 

Please take our Parent Survey

 

Karla Reid-Witt (240) 545-5323

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