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
“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. ”
“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. ”
“I really want this for my daughter’s teacher who fought to get her identified. We got an
“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.”
“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.”
DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day
SAVE THE DATE!
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!
Use these links to support your lobbying efforts:
DDVA Advocacy Packet
Find Your Legislator
Contact DDVA with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
New dyslexia resolution from Senator Cassidy’s office was just released Senate Resolution 275!
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.
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!
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
|BATON ROUGE HEARING
Mark you calendar for a number of great events that will encourage folks to #SayDyslexia!
Governor McAuliffe issued this Dyslexia Proclamation
Oct 1st and 2nd State Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings
The State Special Education Advisory Committee (SSEAC) welcomes public comment at each of its regular meetings. See the Guidelines for Public Comment (PDF) for information about SSEAC policies and procedures for submitting comments. Meetings are held in the Richmond area. The specific location of each meeting is included on the agenda for each meeting.
Oct 1st-31st AIMVA VDOE Regional Training Throughout VA
Join AIM-VA as we welcome Mary Stowe from the Virginia Department of Education, as well as members from parent and advocacy groups, to talk about our current understandings of dyslexia and resources available to address dyslexia. This workshop will provide educators and parents practical knowledge about the impact, prevalence, and avenues to address the needs of the student with dyslexia. It will also provide attendees with valuable resources that support students inside and outside of the classroom.
Oct 7th Special Guest David Flink at Riverside School:
Thinking Differently: Reframing Learning for a New Generation. Presented by David Flink, Co-Founder and CEO of Eye to Eye
What does it mean to be a “different thinker?” Where can we find the full potential of our community? How can we make strides toward creating a world in which every learner is recognized? By sharing some of his own LD/ADHD journeys, Mr. Flink will provide answers to these questions. In doing so, he’ll also provide a glimpse into the power of mentoring in the lives of different thinkers. At the core is a message of personal empowerment, academic success, and educational revolution for people who think differently.
Questions? Contact Kate Boyles at (804) 320-3465 or email@example.com.
Oct 11th DDVA 5K Run for Dyslexia in Fairfax Station
First Annual DDVA 5K Run for Dyslexia and 1 Mile Fun Run on October 11th, 2015 at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station in celebration of October being Dyslexia Awareness Month. With your support, this event will rally families, friends and supporters of DDVA as we work together to achieve our mission and create change for children and adults with dyslexia in our community. All proceeds will directly support the goals determined by DDVA.
Oct 13th DDVA Arlington Parent Meeting
We are planning to discuss the recently launched APS webpage on dyslexia, what our next steps can be as parents and work on sharing ideas and resources related to dyslexia. Please RSVP by Oct 1st to Arlingtonreading@gmail.com
Oct 13th and 14th The New Community School Simulations
Please join us as we host a simulation designed to help you experience the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia encounter daily with reading, writing, and spelling. It will help parents, teachers, and other professionals actually feel what it’s like to have a reading or processing problem.
Space is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.266.2494. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.
Oct 21st DDVA Haymarket Parent Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm
WHERE: Piedmont Club, 14675 Piedmont Vista Dr., Haymarket
WHY: Community building…with special guest speaker, Dr. Rachna Varia of MindWell Psychology
Oct 24th AIM for Success Mini Conference
The AIM for Success mini conference will showcase strategies and resources for supporting students across K-12 environments who require accessible instructional materials (AIM) to engage within the curriculum. John Eisenberg (VDOE Assistant Superintendent) will provide the keynote. Additional educational sessions will be conducted by educators across northern Virginia school divisions. Information sessions will cover topics such as: Online books, technology accessibility, 3d Printing, reading and writing strategies, and more!
Oct 24th VBIDA Wyne for Words 3-6pm Prince Michel Vineyard, Leon, VA
The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association invites you to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month with Wyne for Words, supporting the ability of all children to attain the gift of reading. Guest Speakers: Hal Malchow (IDA President), and Anthony Henley (Clinical Psychologist). Learn about the direction and mission of the IDA and how to help students struggling with reading.Complimentary glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. Entry at the door will be $15. Takes place at Prince Michel Vineyard (154 Winery Lane, Leon, VA 22725)
Oct 28th (ANOTHER!) DDVA Monthly Meeting at Powhatan Library:
We are growing!! There’s a new monthly meeting in Powhatan. Please contact Sarah Danburg with any questions: email@example.com
The Dyslexia Proclamation for October detailed below has been sent to the Governor’s office for review. We need your help to make a request for more Dyslexia Proclamations from your local city, school board, county and state representatives. Please reach out as soon as possible and make your request. You can use the same language as seen below. Contact them now….time is of the essence!
Dyslexia Proclamation for October
As Presented to Governor Terry McAullife
Whereas, the Commonwealth has no more precious resource than its children and dyslexia impacts approximately 1 in 5 or 20% of our population; and
Whereas, dyslexia is distinguished from other learning disabilities due to its weakness occurring at the phonological level and is neurobiological in origin; and
Whereas, dyslexia is an unexpected disability in an individual who is of average to above average intelligence; and
Whereas, it is important to provide effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for individuals with dyslexia; and
Whereas, Dyslexia Awareness Month is an opportunity to acknowledge educators specializing in effective teaching strategies, and to celebrate the many achievements of adolescents, students and adults with dyslexia
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity: “Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative” 2013, pg. 1
Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. 2010, pg. 11
“Dyslexia in the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know”, International Dyslexia Association. 2013, dyslexia-hawaii.org/images/uploads/Dyslexia-in-the-Classroom pg. 2
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA): “Types of Learning Disabilities” Idaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/, pg. 49
Proclamation of Dyslexia Awareness Month, Office of the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, 2014
October 11, 2015
Start time: 8:00am
Lake Burke Park, Fairfax Station
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia is proud to sponsor our First Annual 5K Run for Dyslexia and 1 Mile Fun Run on October 11th, 2015 at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station in celebration of October being Dyslexia Awareness Month.
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia is a grassroots movement focused on linking families to resources, support, and educational interventions for dyslexia. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in Virginia.
With your support, this event will rally families, friends and supporters of DDVA as we work together to achieve our mission and create change for children and adults with dyslexia in our community. All proceeds will directly support the goals determined by DDVA.
What Can You Do?
1) Join us…register today!
2) Be a sponsor of the race
3) Spread the word! Use these jpeg and pdf flyers to share the event