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Too Little, Too Late. We Can Fix This Together
DDVA Town Hall Meeting
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.
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.
If you were unable to join us but would like to continue to help, please visit:
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
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.
On March 15th, 46 Decoding Dyslexia states will be asking the public to display their “1 in 5” proudly for all to see.
This 1 in 5 campaign is piggybacking the observation of National Reading Month, with the reminder that 1 in 5 individuals is dyslexic and struggle with reading everyday.
Want to join in? Here is all you have to do.
“Write it out!”
Write, post, print, sky write the words: “1 in 5” on something; your hand, a t-shirt, car window, post it note, even a banner.
Take a picture of it and share it!
- Post it to your Facebook page!
- Post it to our Facebook page: Decoding Dyslexia VA
- Post it on Twitter! @ddva13
- Instagram it!
- Pin it!
Include the hashtag #showme1in5 so we can all connect.
This campaign is to raise Dyslexia awareness.
1 in 5 individuals is dyslexic; early identification and proper intervention are key to helping these children succeed in their education.
Thank you from all of us DDVA! We look forward to seeing your “1 in 5” posts this Saturday, March 15th!!