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DECODING DYSLEXIA VIRGINIA

Central Virginia Meeting

MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

Bon Air Public Library – Room A

9103 Rattlesnake Road

N. Chesterfield VA 23235

Agenda:

DDVA welcomes Hank Millward and his colleagues from the VA Dept. of Ed to discuss best practices for maneuvering a dyslexic student through the IEP process.
Learn about accommodations and opportunities in Special Education as well as the procedures to best help a student with language based learning differences.
In addition, we will be providing support information for House Bill 3033 which would guarantee $5 million dollars per year in federal funding for practical research helping identify children with dyslexia and provide appropriate teaching training and curriculum options for students.

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Too Little, Too Late. We Can Fix This Together

DDVA Town Hall Meeting

June 10th

St. Matthew’s Church

8617 Little River Turnpike,
 Annandale, VA 22003 

6:30pm to 8:30pm

We will host two panels: A panel of experts in dyslexia, education and legislation; and a panel of dyslexic students, experts themselves, to describe what it is like to navigate our current educational system.  There will be time to ask questions of both panels.

 We have invited our state and federal legislators, school board members and administrators, advocates and activists, families with children in public, private and homeschooling communities.  All are welcome!  Reach out to these folks and let them know that you’d like them to join in the conversation.

 Please join us for this event and bring your questions. We want to engage the entire community in how to create more successful outcomes for all of our students in their educational journey from pre-K to college.

 Registration is not required, but is encouraged to help us plan for refreshments.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/too-little-too-late-we-can-fix-this-together-tickets-16980378770


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DECODING DYSLEXIA VIRGINIA

Central Virginia Meeting

MONDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

Bon Air Public Library – Room A

9103 Rattlesnake Road

N. Chesterfield VA 23235

Agenda includes:

·      Summer Resources

Find us at http://www.dysva.org/ or on Facebook – search for DecodingDyslexiaVirginia.

For more information, contact Cheryl Lafferty

(804) 314-4925, cheryllafferty@msn.com.


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Tuesday, March 10

Obert Skye, best-selling author of the Leven Thumps series and the Pillage Trilogy, will be at bbgb bookstore at 5pm on Tuesday March 10th! 
Skye, dyslexic, says his elementary school librarian turned him on to author Roald Dahl (also dyslexic) which changed his reluctance to reading. 

  • 3003 west cary street  Richmond VA 23221
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  • hours   tue – sat 10am to 7pm   sun 12 to 5pm

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DECODING DYSLEXIA VIRGINIA

Central Virginia Meeting

MONDAY, MARCH 9th, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

Bon Air Public Library – Room A

9103 Rattlesnake Road

N. Chesterfield VA 23235

Agenda includes:

·       Update on legislative initiatives

·       Identifying and promoting parent support groups in the area

Find us at http://www.dysva.org/ or on Facebook – search for DecodingDyslexiaVirginia.

For more information, contact Cheryl Lafferty

(804) 314-4925, cheryllafferty@msn.com.


Picture1BON AIR ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
The Bon Air Elementary PTA is sponsoring a free multi-sensory reading program for teachers and parents.   Jean Claud, Language Fundamentalist, will be coming to the BAE library once a month for an hour to discuss how to implement language fundamentals in the classroom. The program takes the existing Department of Education language curriculum for K-5th grade and applies Orton Gillingham methods to demonstrate a different way to teach the same curriculum. Parents and teachers will be instructed on how to work together as a team to be most effective for students. 
 
The class will meet at BAE on the following Thursdays. CEU credit is available for teachers at no cost.
March 13th
April 16th
May 14th    
 JEAN CLAUD, Language Fundamentalist
Jean has taught at various schools in Virginia including Riverside School, Collegiate School, and The Achievement Center in Roanoke, VA.  She has served on the board of the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and is certified in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.  Dedicated to providing professional development of multi-sensory instructional programs for Virginia teachers, she is available for informal assessment of dyslexia.

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RSVP Here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ddva-dyslexia-awareness-day-tickets-15353373353?aff=ehomesaved 

Date of Meeting: 2/3/2015
Time of Meeting: 9:30 AM
Location:7th Floor West Conference Room

7th Floor West Conference Room General Assembly Building http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/includes/contentTemplate.php?tid=94&ctype=t&cid=94

When: 9:30-11:30am Reception

  • Light refreshments to be served
  • Short presentation:  Decoding Dyslexia VA
  • Meetings with State Representatives
DDVA families, policy makers, educators and professionals: Please join us in Richmond to raise awareness about the importance of properly identifying dyslexia in public school students, providing educators with the appropriate training in dyslexia and in proper remediation for dyslexia. We look forward to working with all of you.

Following the reception, opportunities for Gallery seats to observe the State Session, as well as Capitol tours may be available.  This opportunity is dependent on RSVP’s and is subject to change with no advanced notice.

We encourage families and individuals who join us on the 3rd to reach out to your representatives.  Invite them to the reception or schedule to meet with a member of their staff some time during the day.  DDVA members will be available to join the conversations or offer talking points, if needed.  The goal of the day is to visit with as many State Representatives as possible.


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Our next Haymarket meeting is

January 14th 7-9pm

Piedmont Club
14675 Piedmont Vista Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169


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Decoding Dyslexia Virginia  is hosting a parent support group

Bon Air Library
9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond, VA 23235
Our goal is to provide support from the day you suspect a learning difference 
through the journey of encouraging your child and advocating for his/her education.  
Join us.  You are not alone. 
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) is a grassroots movement driven by parents focused on providing awareness
 and support while serving as Virginia’s central source of information concerning dyslexia.
For more information about future parent support meetings,
please contact Cheryl Lafferty, 272-5445, cheryllafferty@msn.com

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DDVA Meeting Place

New Address is:
St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
8617 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
 Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Please join us for an informational meeting about Decoding Dyslexia VA and to learn about additional resources that are available to families with struggling readers.  We will discuss the mission of DDVA and let you know how you can get involved if you’d like to help us make a change for children with dyslexia in Virginia.

We are excited to meet our local parents with children in public school, private school and those being homeschooled.  All are welcome!

 

For more info and to RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ddva-fairfax-meeting-tickets-14986079768


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BON AIR ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
The Bon Air Elementary PTA is sponsoring a free multi-sensory reading program for teachers and parents.   Jean Claud, Language Fundamentalist, will be coming to the BAE library once a month for an hour to discuss how to implement language fundamentals in the classroom. The program takes the existing Department of Education language curriculum for K-5th grade and applies Orton Gillingham methods to demonstrate a different way to teach the same curriculum. Parents and teachers will be instructed on how to work together as a team to be most effective for students. 
 
The class will meet at BAE on the following Thursdays. CEU credit is available for teachers at no cost.
Jan 15th 
Feb 12th
March 12th
April 16th
May 14th    
 JEAN CLAUD, Language Fundamentalist
Jean has taught at various schools in Virginia including Riverside School, Collegiate School, and The Achievement Center in Roanoke, VA.  She has served on the board of the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and is certified in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.  Dedicated to providing professional development of multi-sensory instructional programs for Virginia teachers, she is available for informal assessment of dyslexia.

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Let’s get together to talk about dyslexia and how we can support one another.

Classic Kitchen and Bath

Location: 1930 Deyerle Avenue in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Dec 4, 2014 at 6pm

This month’s meeting we will have a special guest presentation by Joyce Sharpe from AIM-VA. AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials at no cost to Virginia K-12 students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Accessible instructional materials are alternative print materials, (e.g., Braille, electronic files, etc.) that can be delivered to and used by students who are not able to use traditional print formats. AIM-VA staff provide teachers with training and technical assistance on how to select and use accessible instructional materials with students.
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http://kihd.gmu.edu/aim/about-us/

We hope you can join us.


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Our next Haymarket meeting is

December 10th 7-9pm

Piedmont Club
14675 Piedmont Vista Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169


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Decoding Dyslexia Virginia
is hosting a parent support group on
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th
11:30AM- 1:00PM
Panera Bread at Willow Lawn
1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond VA 23230
Our goal is to provide support from the day you suspect a learning difference
through the journey of encouraging your child and advocating for his/her education.
Join us. You are not alone.
Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) is a grassroots movement driven by parents focused on providing awareness
and support while serving as Virginia’s central source of information concerning dyslexia.
Find us here at http://www.dysva.org/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DecodingDyslexiaVirginia/info

For more information about future parent support meetings,
please contact Cheryl Lafferty, 272-5445, cheryllafferty@msn.com

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In just a few short weeks, December 5th,  the first ever online conference for parents of children who have dyslexia will be here! We’d love to invite you to help us create a buzz.

Please visit the Spotlight on Dyslexia registration site to check out our amazing line up of speakers and sessions including New York-based fashion designer Dana Buchman, founder of Promise Project. Dana is the conference keynote speaker and will share her insights on raising a daughter who has dyslexia.

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The 20th Circle of Support Conference will be November 8, 2014, at Hylton High School. Our keynote speakers for this year are Dan Keplinger, and Dr. Carol Schall.  Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

DDVA will proudly host a Dyslexia workshop at this event to include a Dyslexia Simulation.

Call Jan Russell at (703) 670-4800 or email her at jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.

Click here to register online.

Click here to download the registration packet.

Click here to download the child care form.

Click here to download the sibling group form.

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for more info:  http://www.fcps.edu/dss/sei/ats/rate/index.shtml

Assistive Technology Services announces the
Real Assistive Technology for Everyone
(R.A.T.E.) Conference 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rachel Carson Middle School
13618 McLearen Road
Herndon, VA 20171

Please register here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Wx7TArij6eH9ExuLMmEMTF3M5ACsavf3XlBKbJ9UVo0/viewform

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Dyslexia Support Group Meeting

1930 Deyerle Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 6pm

Please join us for an hour or so to meet others in our community who may be sharing a similar struggle. We would like to begin monthly meetings so that we can share what we know with each other, offer ideas and support one another. Feel free to bring a friend, a teacher or even neighbor, we welcome anyone!

Children are welcome, we have separate rooms where they can hang out, do homework or whatever they like. We will have refreshments available, also.

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Harris Lecture with Jack Horner 10.13.14        Harris Lecture with Jack Horner 10.13.14 (back)

The 5th Annual Ruth Harris Professorship Lecture in Dyslexia Studies 
Presented by the VCU School of Education
Featuring guest speaker Jack Horner, world renowned paleontologist
Jack Horner shares his childhood struggle with dyslexia and his dreams of becoming a paleontologist
Jack Horner, paleontologist and consultant for the “Jurassic Park” films, is the 2014 keynote speaker for the Ruth Harris Professorship Lecture in Dyslexia Studies. The talk is divided into two points of view: his and his father’s. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how Horner overcame dyslexia to become a world renowned paleontologist, working as a professor and curator at a university and as consultant to acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. This year’s Harris Lecture is held as part of the VCU School of Education’s 50th Anniversary Year celebration.
4:30 to 6:00 PM Monday, October 13, 2014
VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons, 907 Floyd Ave.
Free admission; Reception follows
To register for this event, contact Jessa Nelson at soe50@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3382.

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Saturday, October 11
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3003 W Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221

Join Riverside at bbgb books to learn more about dyslexia and similar learning differences, experience dyslexia simulations, and hear about early warning signs and the importance of early identification.

Children’s Museum of Richmond
Wednesday, October 15
2626 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Join Riverside School staff and the Children’s Museum of Richmond for an informational session on dyslexia and language-based learning differences.

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simulation (for parents)

October 15, 2014 / 6:00 – 8:00pm

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.

RSVP to info@tncs.org or 804-266-2494

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Where: Arlington Community Church at 6040 Wilson Blvd (parking lot behind the church off of N Livingston).The loose agenda is as follows:
7:00-8:30pm
Brief intro
Decoding Dyslexia update
Break out into sub groups (we will determine this at the meeting based on who attends)
International Dyslexia Association Fact Sheet discussion – “Managing your child’s education”8:30-9:00pm
Arlington specific discussion
– Update on Orton Gillingham trainings
– Arlington Tiered System of Support update- early screening, appropriate remediation, etc.

Please RSVP to cloechin@hotmail.com

Feel free to forward this email to your school pta lists!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Starbucks
531 E. Market St.
Leesburg, VA 20175

Call (888) 324-4401 or click here for more information or to RSVP.
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Please Join us on Oct 14th at Panera in Ashburn for an informal meet and greet.  Let’s get connected.

Where:  Panera 43670 Greenway Corp Dr Ashburn VA 703-723-0771

https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/mypanera/find-a-panera.html#

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MTD’s Inaugural Event:  Laser Tag and Pizza in the Park

Date:  Sunday, September 28th

Time:  4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Place:  Glebe Road Park (4211 N Old Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207)

RSVP to :events@morethandyslexics.com.  If you can RSVP by September 16th, that will help us determine the maximum per person cost to participate (see below).

The cost for Laser Tag is a $319 fixed fee group event for up to 32 participants**.  This cost will be allocated equally among the participants, along with approximately $5 per person for pizza and drinks. The Laser Tag vendor also requires that each participant have a signed Parental Release before they can play.  The Parental Release will be available at the beginning of the Event, or you must make arrangements in advance to sign the Parental Release in order for your child to participate.

For more information about Laser Tag, please see the Tactical Laser Tag’s website:  http://www.tacticallasertag.com

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October Parent Support Group Meetings

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When: October 1, 2014 at 7 pm

The Piedmont Club
14675 Piedmont Vista Dr.
Haymarket, VA 20169

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When Oct 2, 2014 at 7 pm

Chester United Methodist Church 12132 Percival St Chester VA 23832

http://www.chesterumc.org/contact-us/

Richmond oct 2

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Dr schultz

Grab your calenders. DC Capital Area Branch of the IDA and CHADD of Northern Virginia and DC have partnered to bring Dr Jerome Schultz to VA

Sept 27th from 9:30am-12:30pm

Workshop entitled:
Nowhere to Hide; The disturbing impact of stress on the brains of children with learning disabilities and what we can do about it

For more information on Dr Schultz please ck out his website: http://www.jeromeschultz.com/index.php

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Decoding Dyslexia VA parent support meeting

July 23rd from 7:00-9:00pm

Arlington Community Church: 6040 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. Parking is behind the church on N Livingston St.

We will be discussing what has been happenning within Arlington Public Schools (lots of good news) and share ideas for the summer and just general support. We will also discuss what Decoding Dyslexia VA has been up to and if and how you can get more involved on a state or federal level.

Please rsvp directly to cloechin@hotmail.com

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Oakwood School: OPA Speaker Series //

The Oakwood School Parent Association presents:

Dr. Guinevere Eden

The Reading brain: Insights from neuroimaging

Tuesday, May 20th 7-9pm

Oakwood School

7210 Braddock Rd  Annandale, VA 22003

Please Register Here:

http://www.oakwoodschool.com/beyond-academics/opa/opa-speaker-series/index.aspx

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Parent Support Group Meeting

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Please mark your calendars for DDVA’s Parent Support Meeting on April 29th.  The meeting is intended to invite dialogue among parents and professionals about Dyslexia.  And, we are delighted to announce that Janice Armstrong and Laurie Smith have graciously agreed to attend!

Janice is a special education teacher and a special education advocate with a background in diagnostic prescriptive teaching. She tutors and advocates for children with Dyslexia and/or ADHD. She also enjoys educating the parents of alternative learners so that they can better understand their children’s strengths and needs.

Laurie specializes in diagnosing learning and attention disorders in children and adolescents. Prior to working in private practice, Laurie spent over 16 years providing psychological services to school-aged children in public education settings. Laurie feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to empower students to utilize their strengths to their full advantage as well as learn compensatory strategies to address their challenges.

We look forward to seeing you!  Although this is a free event, please RSVP so that we can save you a seat.  Also, if you have questions for Janice or Laurie that you would like discussed at the meeting, feel free to email your questions beforehand.  Email your RSVP and/or questions to janierhoads@hotmail.com.

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For more info:  http://www.apsva.us/prc/events

To register:  http://apsva.us//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=1155

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Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00pm
10266 MAIN STREET FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA 22030

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Please click the image to RSVP

FCPS Annual Special Education Conference

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Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Woodson High School
9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

Registration is now open!

Parents register online or by phone at
703-204-3941.

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Calling all Haymarket parents.

Next meeting for Gainesville/Haymarket will be March 6th at The Piedmont Club, 14675 Piedmont Vista Dr., Haymarket. 7-8pm

Please ck out the event here for more info and to RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1393944024200277/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Save the Date

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Update: Please our Event Brite Link for additional information and the opportunity to RSVP.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dyslexia-awareness-day-the-state-capitol-tickets-10450741449

Decoding Dyslexia VA hosts First Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day at the Capital!

Where:  Richmond, VA

7th Floor West Conference Room General Assembly Building.

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When:  9:30-11:00am Reception

  • Light refreshments to be served
  • Short presentation:  Decoding Dyslexia VA: Parents United
  • Speaker: Ben Pasternak, DDVA Parent
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Join Decoding Dyslexia Virginia on Dec 16th! Dinner and #Dyslexia at Toast RVA
When:  DDVA will be in attendance from 5:30-7:30pm come by and find us!!
Where:  7007 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA, US 23226 Phone: 804-525-4525
Riverside School – Richmond and DDVA to raise Dyslexia Awareness…
10% of food sales for the entire day will go to benefit these efforts http://www.toastrva.com/events/
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Parent Support Group Meeting

Where:  Arlington Community Church

6040 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22205-1504

When:  December 4th, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/568417919896896/

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Dislecksia:  The Movie

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Montevideo Middle School Auditorium

7648 McGaheysville Road  Penn Laird,    VA 22846

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Assistive Technology Services announces the Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (R.A.T.E.) Conference

Saturday, November 2,   2013 Rachel Carson Middle School 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Registration:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hvvg_UE-qK96GHt9VwB6fr2vXWK4z1Z3Qx1r73UDSEg/viewform

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October 29, 2013

The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) is proud to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month with a showing of Luis Macias’ new documentary, Embracing Dyslexia.  The film will be followed by a brief presentation on APS’ pilot of Orton-Gillingham interventions for struggling readers.

The ASEAC meeting runs from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at APS’s Syphax Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms  101/103, Arlington, 22204.  A brief business meeting will be followed by the film and discussion.  All ASEAC meetings are free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to cloechin@hotmail.com  so we can get a basic head count

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Please join us Saturday Oct 26th from 12-4pm at The Byrd Theater!!!!  This is a free event no registration required!

Click the picture for additional info.

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Please join us on October 16th!! Reserve your tickets here:  http://www.tugg.com/events/5075

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September 25th – Decoding Dyslexia VA – NoVa Parent Support Meeting

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