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New Dyslexia Resolution Fresh off the Presses!

New dyslexia resolution from Senator Cassidy’s office  was just released Senate Resolution 275!

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What can VA do??? Reach out to our Virginia State Senator’s:  Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine

Let them know Dyslexia is an important issue to your family and urge the office to sign on as a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 275, the Cassidy/Mikulski resolution.

http://www.saydyslexia.org/blog/action-alert-ask-your-us-senators-to-co-sponsor-bi-partisan-dyslexia-resolution-today

Dyslexia Movement Around the Country: Check Out LA!!

We know we are not going it alone in this journey to raise dyslexia awareness.  And to highlight that it is not just our family, our county, or even our state who is working towards positive change, below we share some of the hard work Dyslexia Champion Senator Bill Cassidy is working on in Louisianna!

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For Immediate Announcement

Contact: John Cummins, Jillian Rogers

202-224-5824

Save The Date:

U.S. Senate Education Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge

 BATON ROUGE — U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will chair two Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The hearings are titled, Developmental Perspective on Testing for Dyslexia.

Details can be found below:

NEW ORLEANS HEARING

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

10:00 A.M. CST

WHERE: Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitor Center

Ballroom

University of New Orleans, Lakefront Campus

2000 Lakeshore Drive

New Orleans, LA 70148

WHO: Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D.

Witnesses include:

Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Ms. Karen Chauvin, Director, Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders, Nicholls State University

Mr. Ameer Baraka, Actor

Mr. J.J. Buquet, President Buquet Distributing Co.

Dr. Eric Jennings, Ed.D, LaTEACH (Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council)

BATON ROUGE HEARING

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3:00 P.M. CST

WHERE:

Dalton Woods Auditorium

Energy Coast and Environment Building at LSU

Nicholson Drive Extension

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

WHO: Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D.

Witnesses include:

Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, Yale University School of Medicine

Ms. Margaret Law, Dyslexia/504 Coordinator, Central Community School System

Ms. Allyce Trapp, Student

Rev. Derrius M. Montgomery, Associate Minister Greater King David Baptist Church

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:

All we want for the Holidays…..

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We are asking families from around the state to once again reach out to their state representatives and let their voices be heard!  Just two easy steps and we can start to make positive change for the state of VA for our students with dyslexia.

Two Steps!!!

1 – Find your Legislator! Here: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
2 – Write an email and/or make a phone call

SAMPLE LETTER (or create your own, personalize your story, include pictures and email it to your legislator.)

Be sure to include your name and address

Dear XXX,
I am reaching out today to increase awareness for dyslexia. I support the mission put forth by Decoding Dyslexia VA and would like you to review some of their information found here: http://www.dysva.org  This is an important issue to our family.
We are advocating for Virginia to implement:

· Teacher/staff training on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies

· Early screening tests for dyslexia to include parental notification

· Evidenced-based dyslexia remediation programs implemented with fidelity which can be accessed by both general and special education populations

· Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia

Thank you for your time and service!

Sincerely,
XXXXX
123 any st
town, VA zip

SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE

“Hello, my name is XXX, I am a constituent of Senator/Delegate XXXX. I am calling today in support of raising dyslexia awareness. I would like make sure your office is aware that this is an important issue to our family.  I would like to encourage your office to learn more about dyslexia and the impact on VA families. Thank you for you time and service!”

You can also make an appointment with your representatives and visit them in person at either their district or Richmond office.  Please find additional talking points here:  https://decodingdyslexiava.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/talking-points-ddva/

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

 

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Hello VA,

Below you will find our agenda for the events of February 4th!  We will continue to update you as we receive additional information.  We look forward to gathering together to raise dyslexia awareness and let policy makers hear our concerns.

Where:  Richmond, VA

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

When:  9:30-11:00am Reception

  • Light refreshments to be served
  • Short presentation:  Decoding Dyslexia VA: Parents United
  • Speaker: Ben Pasternak, DDVA Parent

Parents, educators, specialists and policy makers please join us as Decoding Dyslexia VA hosts our First Annual Dyslexia Awareness Day at the Capital!

Learn more about:

  • Decoding Dyslexia VA – Our history and plans for the future
  • What is Dyslexia? – Who does it impact and what can be done
  • How positive change will benefit our children, our schools and our state.

Following the reception, opportunities for Gallery seats to observe the State Session, as well as Capital 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 4th 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.

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

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