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Our Dyslexia Coalition members have been collaborating with the Alabama State Board of Education in working toward the best for Alabama’s dyslexic students over the last few months and could not be more delighted. Change is coming in Alabama schools for the best of our students and teachers!
Be a PART of the CHANGE by presenting a POWERFUL SHOW of SUPPORT at TWO meetings next week!
FIRST MEETING – APRIL 8th, Wednesday, @ 1:00 PM
The State Board of Education BOARD MEETING
Board members will vote to adopt a “Resolution Calling On Local Education Agencies To Recognize That Dyslexia Has Significant Educational Implications That Must Be Addressed”
SECOND MEETING – APRIL 9th, Thursday @ 8:30 AM
The State Board of Education WORK SESSION
Dr. Tommy Bice will present Board Members with proposed changes to the Administrative Code addressing DYSLEXIA.
WHERE? Both days
Gordon Persons Auditorium
50 N Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Park in the CRAMTON BOWL Parking Lot.
Senator Brewbaker has also seen the need for the definition of DYSLEXIA and services for dyslexic students in Alabama schools, making SB314 a reality!
Thank you for your hard work for Alabama’s children, Senator Brewbaker!
No longer do people avoid the word “dyslexia.” Instead, it’s being embraced at a state level. Just beautiful!
What a great day in Alabama for DYSLEXIC students along with the families and educators that care for them.
Please continue to look up your SBOE member here AND TELL YOUR STORY!
TAKE 2 minutes to CALL THEM or send an email. We still need voices! Ask them to support dyslexia being recognized in our schools. If they already do, express your thanks!!
Don’t forget to reach out to the Governor, Senator Brewbaker and your state representative!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities … because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
This dream has been in the hearts of many parents for years!
January 2013 Decoding Dyslexia of Alabama was established to voice the concerns of parents on the limited access to educational interventions for #dyslexia in Alabama and to work towards legislation. October 2014 Roundtable Solutions committed to our goals. November 2014 ALIDA came on board and most recently Alabama Game Changers along with Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation.
We have collaborated with these organizations, parents, and individuals creating the proposed legislation regarding the items presented below. Legislators, education officials, executive branch representatives have been contacted. Below are the talking points, a summary of the proposed legislation and a link of the full text of the proposed legislation.
ALABAMA’S DYSLEXIA BILL OF RIGHTS: THE THREE “Rs”
Recognizing + Reaching = Reading.
Children with dyslexia are often invisible in Alabama classrooms as they fail to learn to read like other children. Alabama’s children with dyslexia have a right to be recognized, to be reached, and to be taught to read!
Alabama’s Need For Dyslexia Legislation
- Dyslexia impacts between 10% and 20% of children in Alabama schools.
- Only identified after years of failure and frustration in schools
- Can be identified as early as kindergarten
- Early identification will result in success in school and in life for many children with dyslexia
- Individuals with dyslexia are usually very intelligent, but without early identification and intervention, they are…
- Much more likely to drop out of high school
- Much more likely to be unemployed or underemployed
- Much more likely to be disconnected from society
- May be more likely to be incarcerated.
- More than half of all inmates in the United States are illiterate
- Early identification and appropriate dyslexia-specific early intervention provided through general education in Alabama schools will…
- Reduce the negative academic and social impacts of dyslexia
- Equip individuals with dyslexia to be literate, productive Alabama citizens realizing their full potential contributing to the economic well-being of Alabama.
This Dyslexia Law will:
- Provide a legal definition for dyslexia in Alabama
- Equip Alabama teachers to meet the needs of students with dyslexia
- Provide for early identification and intervention for students with dyslexia in Alabama schools.
Full text of the proposed legislation: AL_Dyslexia_Bill_of_Rights_
Decoding Dyslexia Alabama State Founder
One person can make a difference and everyone should try.
~John F. Kennedy
Saturday, January 10, 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Mountaintop Community Church
225 Centerview Drive
Birmingham AL 35216
FREE for teachers, parents or anyone who would like to learn how to empower and bring hope to the 1 in 5 in their lives. CEUs Available for teachers.
Two options are available during the workshop to enhance your knowledge of dyslexia. Please sign up for the sessions here: http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094CAAAA2BAAF49-dyslexia/8753069
Breakout Stations: EXPERIENCE DYSLEXIA®
8-10am and 10am-12pm
“The simulation is a hands-on activity that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability. The updated simulation provides a lively, thought-provoking activity for teachers, parents, or anyone interested in better understanding the lives of individuals with dyslexia.” (NCBIDA)
Screening of: THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA
8-10am and 10am-12pm
“This movie provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, The Big Picture beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.” (2014 The Big Picture Movie)
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Central AL Dyslexia Education Group
Free Session for Students at the Hoover Library
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Students are especially invited – This is for YOU.
We will have a Student Meet & Greet following the meeting.
Magic happens when you find you’re not alone on this journey!
Hettie Johnson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Using SMART IEP Goals
Tue, January 6, 2015 | 10am – 11am
Webinar (Register Here)
Be an active participant on your child’s IEP team by helping to identify goals he/she needs to work towards during the school year. Make sure the goals are SMART; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. To register please Click Here for more information, call 334-567-2252 or toll free at 866-532-7660.
IEP- Conference Call
Tue, January 6, 2015 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Join this training live at the APEC office or by phone conference. Conference Call Dial in Number 1-800-371-8200 Access Code 492302
Also visit our website at http://www.alabamaparentcenter.com
National Special Education Advocate Institute
January 17, 2015
Transitioning Planning & Outcomes
20% discount for Decoding Dyslexia Members Code: SOD
Click here for more information and to register
Save the Date
April 17-18, 2015
International Dyslexia Association’s Annual RISE Conference
2nd Southern Regional Conference!
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, & South Carolina
Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Currey Ingram Academy Brentwood, Tennessee
- Maryanne Wolfe
- Nancy Mather
- G. Emerson Dickman, III, Esq.
One person can make a difference and everyone should try.
~John F. Kennedy
Big THANK YOU to the 661 signers of the Addressing Dyslexia in Alabama Public Schools petition.
Decoding Dyslexia of ALABAMA has partnered with Roundtable Solutions for the 2nd Annual RSA Tower Lightning #DyslexiaDay – Worldwide! along with the Light it Up Red for 1in5 campaign. We will also deliver our petition on October 15, 2014 before the lightning ceremony. To learn more about the public petition presentation, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467168500211286/
Now it’s critical that we kick our petition campaign up a notch! Can you take a moment to make a phone call to The Alabama State House, The Alabama State Senate, and Governor Robert Bentley? Click here to find the phone numbers you need: http://www.commoncause.org/take-action/find-elected-officials/ .
When you call, you don’t need to say a lot—just reiterate the main message of the petition, which is:
“Decoding Dyslexia Alabama is a grassroots movement by Alabama families to address the struggles we face in securing appropriate reading interventions for our children with dyslexia in Alabama public schools. We call on Alabama policy-makers to support students with dyslexia. It is time for Alabama Public Schools to catch up with the science on reading and dyslexia.”
Then, help us keep track of how many calls have been made by clicking here: http://petitions.moveon.org/tools/call.html
WE NEED AS MANY AS POSSIBLE CALLING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. Thank you for your support! Please share following link and have others sign the petition, go to: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/addressing-dyslexia-in
Thank you for making your voice heard on this important issue.
State founder of Decoding Dyslexia Alabama
Why red? We’re #RedeemingRed and making it the SIGNATURE COLOR again for kids who have dyslexia.
Why the 15th? Because 1 in 5 have dyslexia and we want that stat front and center. The #1in5 Matter!
Follow Decoding Dyslexia of Alabama!
www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaALA Twitter.com/DecodingAL www.decodingdyslexiaALA.com
About Decoding Dyslexia of Alabama: Our group is made up of parents of children who are dyslexic. We are not experts, nor are we a business or educational organization. We can only offer other parents the benefit of our collective experiences. We encourage parents to meet with their local policy-makers to tell the story of their child, and ask for policies and/or legislation to identify and support dyslexic children in our schools.
Follow Roundtable Solutions!
About Roundtable Solutions: Roundtable Solutions exists to spread awareness, encourage “out of the box” thinking, and create solutions for the special needs community. Join us! Roundtable Solutions is determined to spread awareness and information about special needs with parents, educators and the community. The group’s long term vision is to resource and equip special education families and educators with “out of the box thinking” and strength through prayer. The name “Roundtable Solutions” came from the idea that “everyone has an equal position at a round table.”
Follow Light It Up Red for 1in5!
About Light It Up Red for 1in5: We are two small town mothers of dyslexic children in Alabama who have one goal: To raise awareness for dyslexia where we CAN. As some of you may know, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Last year, on October 15th, the tower in RSA Tower Park in Montgomery, AL was lit with red to raise awareness for dyslexia. This year it will be even bigger as RSA properties all across the great state of Alabama will be lit up as well! This is HUGE! But it doesn’t have to stop there. Together we can light the whole world up in red! We ask that you please join us and show YOUR support on October 15, 2014. Wear red shirts and/or replace your porch light with a red bulb! Please share this page and spread the word to everyone you know, not just in Alabama, but wherever you may be!!
It’s time for the 2nd Annual Roundtable Solutions DYSLEXIA Tower Lighting!
OCTOBER 15th is the big day! SAVE THE DATE and join us!
We are DELIGHTED to partner with Roundtable Solutions and friends to make this celebration even bigger than before, so get ready for GREAT things!
Like last year, we’ll be lighting up Montgomery’s own RSA Tower, but IN ADDITION to that, we’ll also light up RSA Properties across the great State of Alabama! Get your cameras ready to take it all in!
The MAIN EVENT:
Block party celebration at the RSA Tower Park (across the street from the tower at 201 Monroe Street, Montgomery, 36104).
*A flash mob (!!)
*Balloon animals and Dyslexia Silver decor
*Decoding Dyslexia’s Proclamation Presentation
*… and SO MUCH MORE!
Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs.. and your dancing shoes, too! Enjoy the view while celebrating the 1 in 5 who have dyslexia. ♥
OUR MAIN GOAL:
To bring DYSLEXIA AWARENESS that UNLOCKS and EMPOWERS the 1 in 5 who have dyslexia!
What should you do?
-MARK YOUR CALENDAR and be ready to ATTEND. 🙂
-INVITE YOUR FRIENDS to join you.
-GET READY TO HAVE FUN… because it’s going to be a blast!
Stay tuned for MORE information! There’s a LOT of good, free family fun going on in October and we want YOU in the mix.
January 10, 2014
“Dyslexia affects millions of Americans, including many students. We know that many with dyslexia are among our brightest and most successful. If dyslexia is identified in elementary school and the appropriate resources are given to these children, America can produce more teachers, more scientists and more entrepreneurs. This resolution pushes schools and educational agencies to address this challenge and provide evidence-based solutions for dyslexic students.”
Please click Cassidy House Dyslexia Resolution January 10 2014 to read the pdf version of the resolution H.RES.456.
Please contact your U.S. House of Representative and ask him/her to support the Dyslexia Resolution that Congressman Cassidy introduced in the House today and to join the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus.
Hopefully this will be the impetus for eventually enacting national dyslexia legislation.
Tuesday, Oct 1! We will start promptly at 6:30. The movie is 52 minutes long and have experts from our area attending for questions after. We will end everything at 8:00 pm because it is a school night 🙂 Hope to see everyone there!
[When] Monday, September 9, 2013
[Time] 6:30pm until 8:00pm
[Where] Alabaster First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall 903 3rd Ave NW, Alabaster, AL 35007
Everyone Welcome! Students, Parents, and Educators!
Nathan Bouldin speaking – Learning Ally national award winning student!
A hands-on, how-to meeting to contact political representatives, with sample letter, postcards, etc.
Please join us for an evening of learning and fun as we share together the joys and challenges of living the dyslexic life.
You don’t want to miss it!