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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 SENATORSTake 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 REPRESENTATIVECall 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 COMMITTEECall 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.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,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.
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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.