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Nationwide Dyslexia Advocates Convene at U.S. Capitol in Celebration of Advocacy Progress
Washington, D.C. June 19, 2017 - On Tuesday, June 27, from 9am-11am, dyslexia advocates from across the USA will convene at the United States Capitol in DC for the 2nd annual #sayDyslexia Awareness Rally. This event is part of four days of dyslexia awareness and advocacy work on behalf of individuals with dyslexia. The #sayDyslexia Rally will feature leaders in the community saying dyslexia as they share their stories on Capitol Hill. Each one personally connected to dyslexia, a learning disability that affects 1 in 5 people. Event registrations found here!
The #sayDyslexia Rally will celebrate both local and national progress of parents, teachers, advocates and organizations whose efforts has led to legislative, regulatory and policy progress. Victories resulting in the passing of both national and state laws, the #sayDyslexia Rally will bring awareness to and celebrate our national successes:
Who: Students, Teachers, Advocates, Dyslexia Specialists, anyone touched by Dyslexia
What: 2nd Annual #sayDyslexia Rally
Where: U.S. Capitol Building – Near the Capitol Visitors Center Entrance (Northeast Corner of 1st Street and Constitution Avenue N.E.) Washington, DC 20004
When: Tuesday, June 27 from 9am-11am
1. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saydyslexia-rally-2017-tickets-33298478646
2. Purchase a Rally T-shirt here: dyslexiahillday.org/store
3. Bring a RED umbrella to light up the rally in RED
For more info:
#SayDyslexiaRally #SayDyslexia #JustShowUp #CloseTheGap
By Lyn Pollard
For those of you who have been part of the #SayDyslexia movement – or for those of you who have been watching us go – the time has come for our first national rally. And we could not be more excited to take our awareness-building work to the next level. We truly hope you are planning to join us on Monday, July 11 2016 at our nation’s Capitol:
Monday, July 11, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
United States Capitol - East Capitol Street
Northeast Corner of Third Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Here’s why it’s time to rally for dyslexia:
Webster’s defines "rally" as:
a: to muster for a common purpose
b: to recall to order
a: to arouse for action
b: to rouse from depression or weakness
1. to come together again to renew an effort
2. to join in a common cause
When we first began this grassroots dyslexia awareness work, one of our main goals was to come together for a common purpose – to raise awareness of how our nation’s schools were not meeting the needs of students with dyslexia. Now, years later, we can look back and be proud of our efforts to educate, communicate, collaborate and legislate for better dyslexia services in our nation’s schools!
Thousands of families and students are now part of the exciting and permeating effort to #SayDyslexia – and our rally next week is the natural next step in this ongoing effort.
We have come together, we have united for a common purpose, we have aroused to action and now, in an effort to extend and renew our common purpose to many more families and decision makers - we are ready to rally!
One of our main goals for the event? To bring together NEW voices in our united effort. We believe that gathering on the Capitol grounds this July 11 is the perfect way to unite professionals, parents, children, educators, experts, policymakers and others in a passionate push to do more with our voice as we #SayDyslexia
As we unite our field and gather in person for the first time for our cause, we hope that the world will see that it’s not about one voice, one organization or one person’s story – it’s about how we can ALL be louder and stronger when we #SayDyslexia together.
So, what are YOU doing on Monday, July 11? Come #SayDyslexia with us – and help raise awareness of what we can do to help students with dyslexia get the support they need at school – and beyond.
We are so excited to bring people together in celebration of the progress made for people with dyslexia. We are taking dyslexia awareness from our local schools to our nation's capitol.
We stand together on Capitol Hill as a community to honor both legislative and awareness gains made at the federal, state and local levels, while recommitting our efforts to the future of positive change for individuals with dyslexia in our schools, communities, and country.
Order your t-shirt before June 25th for delivery before July 11th!
Join our efforts on July 11th, at 3pm on the U.S. Capitol Grounds at the corner of Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
Monday, July 11, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
United States Capitol - East Capitol Street Northeast Corner of Third Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Dyslexia advocate and mother of three Kristin Kane and her son, Noah, from Virginia, are headed to the White House! They were invited to talk about dyslexia at an event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
How did it feel to receive this exciting invitation and prepare for the big event with her family? Read Kristin's honest, open, and humble account here.
You can tune right in to the White House and watch LIVE on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 9:30am E.S.T.. Here's the link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
Congratulations and good luck, Kristin and Noah! Enjoy every minute!
When Illinois "Mama Bear" Kristin Paxton discovered her son, Mason, had dyslexia, she made it her mission to help connect him with other kids who shared similar academic challenges. That's when she started the Dyslexia Buddy Network, a rapidly expanding group serving kids throughout Illinois.
Here's how they describe themselves:
We are children in Illinois with dyslexia who are smart, capable, and talented. We are artists, musicians, debaters, hockey players, chess champions, swimmers, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts. We are ages six through fifteen, so far. We have thought for many years that we were the only kids going through this. We have believed for too many years that we are not smart. We are children who are terrified of being asked to read aloud. We are children that work harder than anyone knows, yet are told at school to try harder. We are children who are so sick with anxiety about school that it is destructive. We are children who are in the trenches at school..
To help the kids see a light at the end of the tunnel, Kristin brings in speakers who tell the kids of their own experience with dyslexia and organizes fun social events for the kids to build friendships.
But Kristin didn't stop there. Last month, she partnered with the director of Embracing Dyslexia and released a short film, entitled, "What I Wish Teachers Knew About Dyslexia." Its purpose was to show the common experience of the dyslexic student to the 300 teachers attending the 2015 "Everyone Reading Illinois" annual conference. Perhaps even more importantly, Kristin wanted to show the dyslexia "buddies" that their voices mattered.
Little did she know just how far-reaching her short film would become. As of today, the film has been been viewed over 7,000 times. As Kristin describes in the Dyslexia Buddy Network Blog, the film is having quite a "ripple effect," although Mason (whose favorite YouTubers have "millions" of followers), remains unimpressed!
Well, Mason, your mom may not be producing captivating Minecraft videos, but we think her efforts are awesome examples of the power of a grassroots movement to foster connection and promote awareness. Way to go, Kristin and all the dyslexia "buddies"!
Penny Wagner-Auchmuty, a parent in North Carolina, published a terrific blog yesterday, "Are Dyslexia Awareness Month Proclamations Important?" The founder of two state Decoding Dyslexia groups, Penny describes the process, value and impact of securing dyslexia proclamations from state and local governments:
It seems to me that some people I run across don’t understand the importance of dyslexia awareness month proclamations. I get that everyone is entitled to their opinions and I have never taken the time to ask why they don’t think they’re important or worth the time and effort. Maybe they’re right, maybe they're not, but I believe contacting a government entity and getting them to put on paper that dyslexia exists is a start to helping our dyslexic children in public schools.
Visit Penny's blog to see photos of how some schools are working to spread awareness.
It's the first day of dyslexia awareness month, and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are planning to introduce a dyslexia resolution in the United States Senate -- today! The draft resolution may be viewed here.
Many parents around the country are calling their U.S. senators and asking them to "co-sponsor the Cassidy/Mikulski dyslexia resolution."
Phone numbers for U.S. Senate offices may be found here.
By: Say Dyslexia Admin team
At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the Science, Space, and Technology Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing titled "Dyslexia and the Need to READ: H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act."
Topics for the hearing include:
Witnesses will address what research and development would be most beneficial for practical applications to overcome dyslexia based on their personal experience and expertise. Further background about the READ Act and the upcoming hearing is available in the Hearing Charter.
Following the hearing, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, together with several other dyslexia-related groups and organizations, will host a brief reception with Chairman Lamar Smith (TX).