Karla Reid-Witt (240) 545-5323

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Be the Change

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. 

Please note our General Meeting on Thursday, March 26

at 7:00 PM at Northeast Library: 330 7th St. NE

(not far from Union Station) HAS BEEN CANCELED.
We plan to invite Carla Askew, M.S, CCC-SLP
and Susan Danker, CCC-SLP to a future meeting to

 talk about Phonemic Awareness and how parents and teachers
can help students develop this critical literacy skillset


  • 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

    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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