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DDVA Awareness Ribbon

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

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

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 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:

Dyslexia Proclamation for October – ACTION ALERT

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, pg. 2

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA): “Types of Learning Disabilities”, pg. 49

Proclamation of Dyslexia Awareness Month, Office of the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, 2014

2014 Dyslexia Proclamation

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