We are asking families from around the state to once again reach out to their state representatives and let their voices be heard! Just two easy steps and we can start to make positive change for the state of VA for our students with dyslexia.
1 – Find your Legislator! Here: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
2 – Write an email and/or make a phone call
SAMPLE LETTER (or create your own, personalize your story, include pictures and email it to your legislator.)
Be sure to include your name and address
I am reaching out today to increase awareness for dyslexia. I support the mission put forth by Decoding Dyslexia VA and would like you to review some of their information found here: http://www.dysva.org This is an important issue to our family.
We are advocating for Virginia to implement:
· Teacher/staff training on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies
· Early screening tests for dyslexia to include parental notification
· Evidenced-based dyslexia remediation programs implemented with fidelity which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
· Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia
Thank you for your time and service!
123 any st
town, VA zip
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE
“Hello, my name is XXX, I am a constituent of Senator/Delegate XXXX. I am calling today in support of raising dyslexia awareness. I would like make sure your office is aware that this is an important issue to our family. I would like to encourage your office to learn more about dyslexia and the impact on VA families. Thank you for you time and service!”
You can also make an appointment with your representatives and visit them in person at either their district or Richmond office. Please find additional talking points here: https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/talking-points-ddva/