By Say Dyslexia Admin Team
Many of us first "met" Kyle Redford through her appearance in the documentary film The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, in which she describes the unraveling of the mysteries of her son's dyslexia. A career educator and longtime dyslexia activist, Kyle recently expressed her dismay regarding the absence of federal policy for dyslexia in "An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education," which was published in the Huffington Post.
Now, Kyle brings the #SayDyslexia movement to educators and to social media with her recent piece in Education Week, "Go Ahead, Say Dyslexia." As both a parent and an educator, Kyle brings an important perspective to the term "dyslexia" and why it's so important to begin using the term now.
By: Say Dyslexia Admin Team
In September 2015 parents of children with dyslexia throughout the United States decided it was time to make our collective voices louder. The #SayDyslexia social media campaign took Twitter by storm.
After several years of collaborative and infectious grassroots work as part of the Decoding Dyslexia movement to raise dyslexia awareness, pass state-based legislation and improve dyslexia services for students in public schools across the United States, the #SayDyslexia campaign aimed specifically to elevate the parent voice in discussions with the U.S. Department of Education about the need to say the word “dyslexia" in our nation’s schools.
As the #SayDyslexia message quickly spread via Facebook, Twitter and eventually mainstream media, parents soon realized we needed an online space where we can highlight our collective and ongoing work to create change for children with dyslexia. We need a place where the depth and breadth of the #SayDyslexia message and its impact can be seen, heard and most of all - shared.
After several collaborative discussions and brainstorming sessions with the Decoding Dyslexia team, parents launched Say Dyslexia, the website.
Here you can see, read and hear the stories that we as parents are experiencing and telling in our children’s school meetings, in local school board meetings, on the steps of our state capitals, in one-on-one’s with our state and federal legislators, and in interviews with local and national media. Watch as parents travel to Washington D.C. to join in Congressional hearings and conversations with our national-level decision makers. Listen as we tell our stories of heartache, passion and hope. Cry, laugh, shout and stand beside us as we tell our story - and as we proudly #SayDyslexia.
Above all else, we want this space to inspire you to join in this important work and to take the #SayDyslexia message to the max in your hometown and beyond. We’re all in. And we’re just getting started.
#SayDyslexia - and make our voice your voice.