Be the Change
Please join us at our General Meeting on Thursday, January 16th at 7pm
at Southeast Library: 403 7th St. SE (across from Eastern Market Metro).
Our speaker will be Dave Kiyvyra of Lindamood-Bell (and a DCPS parent) on
ways to help struggling readers. (Note that the meeting this month is the third Thursday of the month, not the second as usual.
This change will only be for January.)
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 the DC Council's Education Committee to ensure passage of
B23-0150 Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program Act of 2019.
Watch the October 21, 2019 bill hearing HERE!
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.