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2018 Decoding Dyslexia Hill Days – July 11th – Washington DC

This Wednesday Decoding Dyslexia families from around the country will meet in DC to elevate dyslexia awareness. Information on the days events below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m8HYypNRJRWOaQdr6XmKu8t-eUzXq1bG/view?usp=drivesdk

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Wilson Language Training Scholarship for Virginia Teachers

DDVA is pleased to announce one scholarship available for a Virginia teacher or tutor interested in the Wilson Reading System Introductory Workshop offered in Sandston, VA (near Richmond, VA) on September 25th, 26th and 27th.
Training details available here:
Scholarship applicants can apply once during the month of July 2018 by completing this form. Our Wilson Reading System Scholarship winner will be chosen in a random lottery during the first week of August and contacted immediately.
All applicants must be able to commit to all three days of training, as well as cover their own travel and accommodations costs

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Apply here:

DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day 2018

 

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Register HERE

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, 1/30/2018

Time of Meeting: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: General Assembly Building Under Construction (new address to follow)

Join DDVA on January 30, 2018 for a day of dyslexia advocacy work. On our 5th annual organized advocacy day, we will bring the community together at the Richmond General Assembly Building to visit legislators in their offices to educate them on dyslexia by sharing our stories in order to direct their attention to the almost 1 in 5 Virginians that are affected.

Let us know if you have an appointment with your legislator here:

Advocacy Day Canvassing Efforts – Log your appointment here soon!

Join us on January 29th at the Legend Brewing at 5:30pm to introduce ourselves, see old friends and learn about the next day’s advocacy work!

321 West 7th Street, Richmond, VA 23224

 

How can you help?

Reach out to your representatives TODAY to schedule a visit in your district office in the coming month or for a sit down in their office in Richmond on January 30th as the date grows closer. Our lobbying consultants have shared that a legislator with prior knowledge of dyslexia will be much more likely to vote for a proposed bill!  This means we need to make our introductions now so that our time in Richmond will be used for further education and (hopefully) an introduction to the proposed legislation we would like to get passed.

What is ‘The Ask”?

Call your legislators and ask them to CO-SPONSOR our dyslexia bills.  Specific bill number and patrons coming soon.

And ask them if they would like to write a draft bill to support our efforts. If not this year, then next year! DDVA will be happy to share some suggestions on areas to focus if the interest is there. If not, ask them to support the proposed bill(s) we hope to have during the 2018 legislative session.

DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day 2018

Contact DDVA with questions at decodingdyslexiava@gmail.com

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Symbol of the Dyslexic Journey

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Before I head into the lazy days of summer, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of the people who have taken the time to reach out about the pqbd symbol. What started as an emblem to provide strength in IEP meetings has blossomed into a deeper symbol of the dyslexic journey. Once again I am humbled by the ways that art can lift and carry us to places that words are unable to achieve. Some of you have told me about your pqbd tattoo, the pqbd jewelry you wear or give, the conversations that were started, but most of all how this dyslexia symbol relates to you. I have received the most inspiring letters and phone calls about how the pqbd symbol has been meaningful on this personal journey. Hearing these stories keeps providing me encouragement for positive change. I thought I would share some simple excerpts. I am collecting these stories and always find them powerful!
Please share yours at www.pqbd.org

Rebecca Warner
pqbd.org

“Love your work and so glad that you have created something to start the
conversation of dyslexia. My 8 year old was diagnosed 2 years ago. I see it
as a gift, but I also know that it truly is a fight to get the help they need. ”
Mary

“All of my life I have dealt with dyslexia and I wanted to put your symbol on my wrist… A sign of being a dyslexic and embracing it. ”
Dylan

“I really want this for my daughter’s teacher who fought to get her identified. We got an
IEP today!”
Julya

“Nothing makes me feel more connected to the power of the common voice for awareness and change (and to my own son’s tiny voice hugging my heart), then when I feel the smooth weight of this shiny symbol against my skin.”
Debby

“My son was so excited to explain the symbolism of the pqbd to his teachers. It was the first time I had told him he might have dyslexia.”
Wendy

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DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day

SAVE THE DATE!

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ddva-dyslexia-advocacy-day-tickets-20463850929

February 2, 2016

Join DDVA on February 2, 2016 for a day of dyslexia advocacy work. On our third annual organized advocacy day, we will bring the community together at the Richmond General Assembly Building to visit legislators in their offices to educate them on dyslexia by sharing our stories in order to direct their attention toward the almost 1 in 5 Virginians that are affected.

How can you help?

Reach out to your representatives TODAY to schedule a visit in your district office in the coming months. Our lobbying consultants have shared that a legislator with prior knowledge of dyslexia will be much more likely to vote for a proposed bill! This means we need to make our introductions now so that our time in Richmond will be used for further education and (hopefully) an introduction to the proposed legislation we would like to get passed.

What is ‘The Ask”?

Ask them if they would like to write a draft bill to support our efforts. DDVA will be happy to share some suggestions on areas to focus if the interest is there. If not, ask them to support the proposed bill(s) we hope to have during the 2016 legislative session.

T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!

ORDER YOUR TSHIRT BY 1/19/16 FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY BEFORE FEB 2!

http://wallstarprints.com/g200-ddva-navy-tee/

Use these links to support your lobbying efforts:

DDVA Advocacy Packet

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/ddva-advocacy-packets/

Talking Points

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

Find Your Legislator

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/find-your-legislator/

Contact DDVA with questions at decodingdyslexiava@gmail.com

New Dyslexia Resolution Fresh off the Presses!

New dyslexia resolution from Senator Cassidy’s office  was just released Senate Resolution 275!

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What can VA do??? Reach out to our Virginia State Senator’s:  Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine

Let them know Dyslexia is an important issue to your family and urge the office to sign on as a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 275, the Cassidy/Mikulski resolution.

http://www.saydyslexia.org/blog/action-alert-ask-your-us-senators-to-co-sponsor-bi-partisan-dyslexia-resolution-today

Dyslexia Movement Around the Country: Check Out LA!!

We know we are not going it alone in this journey to raise dyslexia awareness.  And to highlight that it is not just our family, our county, or even our state who is working towards positive change, below we share some of the hard work Dyslexia Champion Senator Bill Cassidy is working on in Louisianna!

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For Immediate Announcement

Contact: John Cummins, Jillian Rogers

202-224-5824

Save The Date:

U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge

 BATON ROUGE — U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The hearings are titled, Developmental Perspective on Testing for Dyslexia.

Details can be found below:

NEW ORLEANS HEARING

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10:00 A.M. CST

WHERE: Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitor Center

Ballroom

University of New Orleans, Lakefront Campus

2000 Lakeshore Drive

New Orleans, LA 70148

WHO: Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D.

Witnesses include:

Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Ms. Karen Chauvin, Director, Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders, Nicholls State University

Mr. Ameer Baraka, Actor

Mr. J.J. Buquet, President Buquet Distributing Co.

Dr. Eric Jennings, Ed.D, LaTEACH (Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council)

BATON ROUGE HEARING

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3:00 P.M. CST

WHERE:

Dalton Woods Auditorium

Energy Coast and Environment Building at LSU

Nicholson Drive Extension

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

WHO: Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D.

Witnesses include:

Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Ms. Margaret Law, Dyslexia/504 Coordinator, Central Community School System

Ms. Allyce Trapp, Student

Rev. Derrius M. Montgomery, Associate Minister Greater King David Baptist Church

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