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Too Little, Too Late. We Can Fix This Together.

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

Too little time, money and resources are expended to identify children with dyslexia. In fact, only 1/3 of dyslexics are identified and receive appropriate intervention. Using the current ‘wait to fail model’ employed in most public school systems, these children waste years of instructional time and internalize a negative message about their self worth.  We’ll need your help, but we can fix this.

We can fix it without undue burden to school administrators, classroom teachers or high priced screening tools. What is the cost of a child who fails to launch successfully into their educational career as students? There is ample evidence and research to suggest that there is significant damage to their future academic success and their self-esteem when there is a delay in identifying these children as dyslexic and teaching them to read with evidence based programs designed for dyslexics.

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

Helping Dyslexia Bill SB1386!!

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DDVA’s first meeting with Senator Vogel  on April 10, 2013.

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Senator Vogel speaking before the 2015 Senate Session in support of SB1386 

If you haven’t heard by now, let us be the first to share with you that Senate Bill 1386, introduced by Senator Jill Vogel, regarding teacher training on dyslexia has been voted on and passed in the Virginia Senate by a unanimous vote of 38 yes to 0 no.
What’s next?
First: THANK THE SENATORS
Take a minute to thank your Senator!!!  No guess work here…every senator in our great state voted in support of this bill. A quick email of thanks will let them know how much you appreciate their support! Here is a link to a quick listing of our Senators.
Second: CONTACT YOUR HOUSE of DELEGATES REPRESENTATIVE
Call and/or email your Delegate to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB 1386’.  This means that they sign on in support of the bill, even before it gets to the Education Committee Review.
What you need to know:
It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use this link to identify your Delegate.
Call their Richmond office number, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB1386’!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!
If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:
Third – CONTACT THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Call and/or email the House Education Committee Members to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB1386.
What you need to know:
It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use these links to view the Committee Members and find their contact information.
House Education Committee:
House Education Committee email addresses. Copy and paste directly into the “To” link of your email.
Samples for your Delegate:
Phone call:  “Hello, this is XXXX, I live in Delegate XXXX district.  I am calling today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.”
Letter/email: 
Dear Delegate XXXXX
I am reaching out today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.
Sincerely,
xxxxxxx
123 any st
anytown, VA 12345
If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

NEW!! Top 3 Ways to Support The Bill

TOP 3 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DYSLEXIA BILLS

Feb. 7, 2015 Update:

Thank you again for all the support from our community! What a fabulous day of dyslexia awareness!

Our Bills are still moving through the legislative process.  If you joined us on Feb 3rd and visited with our VA Senators and Delegate please remember to send a quick thank you to the offices. Below are links to the Senate and House directories which include email addresses.

House of Delegates:  http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Senate:  http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

#1 JOIN US:

Senate Session

What you need to know:

We will need to watch the agendas/dockets for those meetings to make sure they will be reviewing and hearing comments on the bill we are supporting.  We are watching for SB1386 introduced by Senator Vogel on the Senate side.

Senate Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+DOCS04

After all that being said, we will look to arrive 20-30 min prior.

 #2 CONTACT YOUR SENATE REPRESENTATIVE

Call and/or email your Senator to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB 1386’.  This means that they sign on in support of the bill, even before it gets to the Education Committee Review.

What you need to know:

It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use this link to identify your representative.

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Call their Richmond office number, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB1386’!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!

If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

#3 CONTACT BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE

Call and/or email the House Members and the Senate Members to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor  SB1386.

What you need to know:

It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use these links to view the Committee Members and find their contact information.

House of Delegates

http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Full House email addresses. Copy and paste directly into the “To” link of your email.

DelLAdams@house.virginia.gov,DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov,DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov,DelTAustin@house.virginia.gov,DelMBaCote@house.virginia.gov,DelDBell@house.virginia.gov,DelRBell@house.virginia.gov,DelMBerg@house.virginia.gov,DelRBloxom@house.virginia.gov,DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov,DelKByron@house.virginia.gov,DelJCampbell@house.virginia.gov,DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov,DelBCline@house.virginia.gov,DelMCole@house.virginia.gov,DelKCox@house.virginia.gov,DelGDavis@house.virginia.gov,DelBDeSteph@house.virginia.gov,DelJEdmunds@house.virginia.gov,DelMFariss@house.virginia.gov,DelPFarrell@house.virginia.gov,DelEFiller-Corn@house.virginia.gov,DelBFowler@house.virginia.gov,DelMFutrell@house.virginia.gov,DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov,DelTGilbert@house.virginia.gov,DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov,DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov,DelCHead@house.virginia.gov,DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov,DelCHerring@house.virginia.gov,DelDHester@house.virginia.gov,DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov,DelPHope@house.virginia.gov,delwhowell@house.virginia.gov,DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov,DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov,DelMJames@house.virginia.gov,DelJJoannou@house.virginia.gov,DelCJones@house.virginia.gov,DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov,DelTKilgore@house.virginia.gov,DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov,DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov,DelDLaRock@house.virginia.gov,DelJLeftwich@house.virginia.gov,DelJLeMunyon@house.virginia.gov,DelJLindsey@house.virginia.gov,DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov,DelALopez@house.virginia.gov,DelMLoupassi@house.virginia.gov,DelDMarshall@house.virginia.gov,DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov,Mason,DelMMason@house.virginia.gov,DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov,DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov,DelDMcQuinn@house.virginia.gov,DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov,DelRMinchew@house.virginia.gov,DelJMorefield@house.virginia.gov,DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov,DelJMorrissey@house.virginia.gov,DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov,DelJOBannon@house.virginia.gov,delioquinn@house.virginia.gov,DelBOrrock@house.virginia.gov,Peace,DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov,DelTPillion@house.virginia.gov,DelKPlum@house.virginia.gov,DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov,DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov,DelJPreston@house.virginia.gov,DelDRamadan@house.virginia.gov,DelMRansone@house.virginia.gov,DelSRasoul@house.virginia.gov,DelRRobinson@house.virginia.gov,DelNRush@house.virginia.gov,Rust,DelTRust@house.virginia.gov,DelEScott@house.virginia.gov,DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov,DelMSimon@house.virginia.gov,DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov,DelCStolle@house.virginia.gov,DelRSullivan@house.virginia.gov,DelSSurovell@house.virginia.gov,DelSTaylor@house.virginia.gov,DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov,DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov,DelRTyler@house.virginia.gov,Villanueva,DelRVillanueva@house.virginia.gov,DelJWard@house.virginia.gov,DelLWare@house.virginia.gov,DelVWatts@house.virginia.gov,DelMWebert@house.virginia.gov,DelTWilt@house.virginia.gov,DelTWright@house.virginia.gov,DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov,DelJYost@house.virginia.gov

Senate

http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

Full Senate email addresses. Copy and paste directly into the “To” link of your email.

district05@senate.virginia.gov,district39@senate.virginia.gov,district13@senate.virginia.gov,district40@senate.virginia.gov,district38@senate.virginia.gov,district29@senate.virginia.gov,district14@senate.virginia.gov,district16@senate.virginia.gov,district25@senate.virginia.gov,district21@senate.virginia.gov,district22@senate.virginia.gov,district24@senate.virginia.gov,district32@senate.virginia.gov,district06@senate.virginia.gov,district02@senate.virginia.gov,district18@senate.virginia.gov,district11@senate.virginia.gov,district04@senate.virginia.gov,district09@senate.virginia.gov,district08@senate.virginia.gov,district01@senate.virginia.gov,district23@senate.virginia.gov,district03@senate.virginia.gov,district26@senate.virginia.gov,district36@senate.virginia.gov,district17@senate.virginia.gov,district15@senate.virginia.gov,district35@senate.virginia.gov,district19@senate.virginia.gov,district20@senate.virginia.gov,district12@senate.virginia.gov,district28@senate.virginia.gov,district07@senate.virginia.gov,district10@senate.virginia.gov,district33@senate.virginia.gov

IT’S FAST AND EASY TO SEND ONE QUICK EMAIL TO ALL OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS!

But you could call their Richmond office numbers, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB 1386 (Senate Bill)!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!

Sample for your Senator and Delegate:

Phone call:  “Hello, this is XXXX, I live in Senator/Delegate XXXX district.  I am calling today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.”

Letter/email: 
Dear Senator/Delegate XXXXX
I am reaching out today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.
Sincerely,
xxxxxxx
123 any st
anytown, VA 12345

If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

A Thank You and an Update!

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Feb. 4, 2015 Update:

Thank you again for all the support from our community! What a fabulous day of dyslexia awareness!

Our Bills are still moving through the legislative process.  If you joined us on Feb 3rd and visited with our VA Senators and Delegate please remember to send a quick thank you to the offices. Below are links to the Senate and House directories which include email addresses.

House of Delegates:  http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Senate:  http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

If you were unable to join us but would like to continue to help, please visit:

TOP 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DYSLEXIA BILLS

TOP 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DYSLEXIA BILLS

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TOP 5 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE DYSLEXIA BILLS

Feb. 4, 2015 Update:

Thank you again for all the support from our community! What a fabulous day of dyslexia awareness!

Our Bills are still moving through the legislative process.  If you joined us on Feb 3rd and visited with our VA Senators and Delegate please remember to send a quick thank you to the offices. Below are links to the Senate and House directories which include email addresses.

House of Delegates:  http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

Senate:  http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/index.php

 

#1 JOIN US AT THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Comment at either the Senate Education Committee and/or the House Education Committee

What you need to know:

The Senate Education Committee meets Thursdays at 8:00 am in Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

The House Education Committee meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 am in House Room D of the General Assembly Building in Richmond.

We will need to watch the agendas/dockets for those meetings to make sure they will be reviewing and hearing comments on the bill we are supporting.  We are watching for SB1386 introduced by Senator Vogel on the Senate side and for HB2374 introduced by Del Cline on the House side.

Senate Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+DOCS04

House Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+H0910126

After all that being said, we will look to arrive 20-30 min prior.

 #2 EMAIL US YOUR TESTIMONY

Send us a quick email (or your full dyslexia story) with or without your name and city and let us know why you support the bills.  We will bring them with us to share with the legislators.

 What you need to know:

This is the time that we need a collective voice to speak up about the need to empower teachers with dyslexia specific training.  There is power in numbers and WE NEED YOU NOW!

 Email your testimony to decodingdyslexiava@yahoo.com with ‘STORY’ in the subject line.

 If you’d like to write your full story, check out the suggestions here.  A number of examples are in the comments section.

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/real-stories/

 #3 CONTACT YOUR SENATE REPRESENTATIVE

Call and/or email your Senator to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB 1386’.  This means that they sign on in support of the bill, even before it gets to the Education Committee Review.

What you need to know:

It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use this link to identify your representative.

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Call their Richmond office number, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB1386’!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!

If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

 #4 CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE

Call and/or email your Delegate to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor HB2374’.  This means that they sign on in support of the bill, even before it gets to the Education Committee Review.

What you need to know:

It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use this link to identify your representative.

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov

Call their Richmond office number, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor HB2374’!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!

If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

#5 CONTACT BOTH OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEES

Call and/or email the House Education Committee Members and the Senate Education Committee Members to let them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor HB2374 or SB1386.  This means that they sign on in support of the bill, even before it gets to the Education Committee Review.

What you need to know:

It’s WAY EASIER than it sounds!  Use these links to view the Committee Members and find their contact information.

House Education Committee:

http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?committee=Education

House Education Committee email addresses. Copy and paste directly into the “To” link of your email.

DelDBell@house.virginia.gov,DelDBulova@house.virginia.gov,DelMCole@house.virginia.gov,DelGDavis@house.virginia.gov,DelPFarrell@house.virginia.gov,DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov,DelDHester@house.virginia.gov,DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov,DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov,DelJLeftwich@house.virginia.gov,DelJLeMunyon@house.virginia.gov,DelJLindsey@house.virginia.gov,DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov,DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov,DelJMcClellan@house.virginia.gov,DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov,DelJPreston@house.virginia.gov,DelRRobinson@house.virginia.gov,DelTRust@house.virginia.gov,
DelRTyler@house.virginia.gov,DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov,DelJYost@house.virginia.gov,

Senate Education Committee

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+com+S4

Senate Education Committee email addresses. Copy and paste directly into the “To” link of your email.

district35@senate.virginia.gov,district11@senate.virginia.gov,district18@senate.virginia.gov,district32@senate.virginia.gov,district23@senate.virginia.gov,district02@senate.virginia.gov,district39@senate.virginia.gov,district19@senate.virginia.gov,district08@senate.virginia.gov,district13@senate.virginia.gov,district40@senate.virginia.gov,district22@senate.virginia.gov,district34@senate.virginia.gov, district14@senate.virginia.gov, district06@senate.virginia.gov

 IT’S FAST AND EASY TO SEND ONE QUICK EMAIL TO ALL OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS!

But you could call their Richmond office numbers, since they’re in session now!  And spend 3-5 minutes letting them know that dyslexia is important to your family and you would like them ‘to sponsor SB 1386 (Senate Bill) and HB2374 (House Bill)’!  THAT’S IT!  EASY!

Sample for your Senator:

Phone call:  “Hello, this is XXXX, I live in Senator XXXX district.  I am calling today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.”

Letter/email: 
Dear Senator XXXXX
I am reaching out today because I support SB1386 introduced by Senator Jill Vogel.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.
Sincerely,
xxxxxxx
123 any st
anytown, VA 12345

Samples for your Delegate

Phone call:
“Hello, this is XXXX, I live in Delegate XXXX district.  I am calling today because I support HB2374 introduced by Delegate Ben Cline.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.”

Letter/email: 
Dear Delegate XXXXX
I am reaching out today because I support HB2374 introduced by Delegate Ben Cline.  Dyslexia is an important issue and impacts my family, this bill will help support both teachers and students with dyslexia in VA.  I would like to ask for your office to support this bill by cosponsoring it.  Thank you for your time and service.
Sincerely,
xxxxxxx
123 any st
anytown, VA 12345

If you’d like some dyslexia specific facts, check out this link:

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/talking-points/

Want to join us?

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Thinking about joining us

to comment at either

Senate Education Committee and/or the House Education Committee

What you need to know:

The Senate Education Committee meets Thursdays at 8:00 am in Senate Room B

The House Education Committee meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:00 am in House Room D

We will need to watch the agendas/dockets for those meetings to make sure they will be reviewing and hearing comments on the bill we are supporting.  We are watching for SB1386 introduced by Senator Vogel on the Senate side and for HB2374 introduced by Del Cline on the House side.

Senate Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+DOCS04

House Ed docket:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+doc+H0910126

After all that being said, we will look to arrive 20-30 min prior.

February 3, 2015 – Capitol Day

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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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