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DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day Info 2019

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1/27/19: This year our bill SB1718 sponsored by Senator Black ‘died’ in subcommittee on Thursday 1/24/19.  We will meet with legislators to share our stories, share the mission of DDVA and share the talking points for the reason our literacy screen in VA needs to include a RAN.  Although SB1718 cannot move further along in the process, the need for the RAN is still part of the discussion.  We hope to collaborate with UVA in the coming months to move the discussion forward in an attempt to identify all children at risk for reading failure, as early as possible. 

FIND RECENT 2019 BILL UPDATES HERE!

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RSVP FOR OUR DYSLEXIA ADVOCACY DAY HERE!

 

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, 1/29/2019

Time of Meeting: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: General Assembly Building Under Construction so our legislators are in the Pocahontas Building

Pocahontas Building Room Directory for Legislators

Join DDVA on January 29, 2019 for a day of dyslexia advocacy work. On our 6th annual organized advocacy day, we will bring the community together at the Richmond General Assembly Building (Pocahontas Building due to construction for 2019) 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. We’ll be asking them to support our dyslexia legislation.

Come early to join us on the evening of January 28, 2019 at the Capitol Ale House in Downton Richmond at 5:30pm to introduce ourselves, learn about the next day’s advocacy work, and visit with new an old friends!

How can you help?

1/27/19: This year our bill SB1718 sponsored by Senator Black ‘died’ in subcommittee on Thursday 1/24/19.  We will meet with legislators to share our stories, share the mission of DDVA and share the talking points for the reason our literacy screen in VA needs to include a RAN.  Although SB1718 cannot move further along in the process, the need for the RAN is still part of the discussion.  We hope to collaborate with UVA in the coming months to move the discussion forward in an attempt to identify all children at risk for reading failure, as early as possible. 

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 29th 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”?

 

1/27/19: This year our bill SB1718 sponsored by Senator Black ‘died’ in subcommittee on Thursday 1/24/19.  We will meet with legislators to share our stories, share the mission of DDVA and share the talking points for the reason our literacy screen in VA needs to include a RAN.  Although SB1718 cannot move further along in the process, the need for the RAN is still part of the discussion.  We hope to collaborate with UVA in the coming months to move the discussion forward in an attempt to identify all children at risk for reading failure, as early as possible. 

Call your legislators and ask them to CO-SPONSOR the proposed legislation for the 2019 session. (Senator Black’s SB1718)

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 2019 legislative session.

Top Three Ways to Support the Dyslexia Bills!

T-SHIRTS ARE HERE! – ORDER TODAY!

Report Your 2019 Legislative Session Appointments Here

DAY OF ADVOCACY TOOLS: PRINT 10 COPIES OF THE FLYERS TO SHARE WITH OUR LEGISLATORS!

DDVA Legislative Flyer

DDVA Bill Information and Talking Points  (NOTE: SB1718 died in sub committee on Thursday 1/24, however this document should be used to discuss the need for a RAN to be a part of our literacy screen)

DDVA Dyslexia Advocacy Day Agenda

Delegate Session Room Numbers

Senator Session Room Numbers

DDVA Advocacy Packet

Talking Points

Find Your Legislator

Dyslexia Laws by State

Citizen Involvement in the Virginia Assembly

Contact DDVA with questions at decodingdyslexiava@gmail.com

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Capitol Information and Parking:

Visitor’s Guide can be found here. An area map is included on the last page of the guide. Virginia State Capitol Visitor’s Guide

Visiting the Capitol

Pay parking lots and decks are nearby on 8th and Grace Street

and 7th and Marshall Streets.

http://www.ridefinders.com/uploads/1-18_downtown_commuter_guide_map_copy.pdf

http://www.ridefinders.com/uploads/current_parking_rates.pdf

Food Service: Meriwether’s Cafe offers several dining options and venues for guests visiting the Capitol. In the new Capitol Extension is a cafe, open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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