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AMAZING EVENTS THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA IN CELEBRATION OF DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH

DDVA Awareness Ribbon

Mark you calendar for a number of great events that will encourage folks to #SayDyslexia!

Governor McAuliffe issued this Dyslexia Proclamation

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/dyslexia-awareness-month-2015/

Oct 1st and 2nd State Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/committees_advisory/special_ed/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

https://aimva.org/support/training-support/dyslexia-regional-training

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:  

http://www.riversideschool.org/support-riverside-2/events/

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 kboyles@riversideshool.org.

Oct 11th DDVA 5K Run for Dyslexia in Fairfax Station

https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/5k-run-for-dyslexia/

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/429242413931491/

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 Arlingtonreading@gmail.com

Oct 13th and 14th The New Community School Simulations

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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 info@tncs.org or 804.266.2494. Please indicate which session you plan to attend.

Oct 21st DDVA Haymarket Parent Meeting

https://www.facebook.com/events/773399752771263/

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

https://ttaconline.org/Event/VaKPJUUYOGctk-jP5VwWDA/Event-aim-for-success-conference-manassas-va

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 

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebc671yabad2f3b4&oseq=&c=&ch

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:  

https://www.facebook.com/events/754283561349129/

We are growing!!  There’s a new monthly meeting in Powhatan.  Please contact Sarah Danburg with any questions:  sbdanburg@yahoo.com

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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

 

 

Citations

 

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, dyslexia-hawaii.org/images/uploads/Dyslexia-in-the-Classroom pg. 2

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA): “Types of Learning Disabilities” Idaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/, pg. 49

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

2014 Dyslexia Proclamation

5K Run for Dyslexia and 1 Mile Fun Run on October 11, 2015

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October 11, 2015

Start time: 8:00am

Lake Burke Park, Fairfax Station 

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Decoding Dyslexia Virginia is proud to sponsor our First Annual 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.

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia is a grassroots movement focused on linking families to resources, support, and educational interventions for dyslexia. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in Virginia.

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.

What Can You Do?

1) Join us…register today!
https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/FairfaxStation/5KRunForDyslexia

2) Be a sponsor of the race
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fRvxUVnNPvOGpfTnk1N2VUZDA/view?usp=sharing

3) Spread the word!  Use these jpeg and pdf flyers to share the event 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fRvxUVnNPvRkk2OUdZdVNSdDA/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fRvxUVnNPvZm9kb0hFN0VKbU0/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fRvxUVnNPvZGpfanBCYV8yUXc/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2fRvxUVnNPvUXB5bXpzeDVSak0/view?usp=sharing

4) Donate
https://iamdyslexia.nationbuilder.com/decoding_dyslexia_virginia_5k

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

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