Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Board Member: Crystal Voss

City/Town: Pleasant Garden, Guilford County

When did you join the Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina (DDNC) Board? August 2020

Why did you decide to join the DDNC Board? I decided to join the board because of the impact that dyslexia has had in my life. My son was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 5 years old, and lucky for us we found a wonderful school specifically for learning disorders that he attended for a couple years. When he switched to public school, we realized where the problems lied in education. I decided then to go back to school and get a degree in Special Education. Through schooling, I have learned so much information to help our education system. I am now teaching at the same wonderful school my own son attended and I love helping our special students realize their potential through their dyslexia. I want to be able to advocate for children and adults with dyslexia. I joined the DDNC Board to advocate and bring more awareness of dyslexia to not only the public school system but for parents as well.

Who inspired you to learn more about dyslexia? My son was my inspiration to learn about dyslexia. As we were learning about his diagnosis and trying to figure out this special education world, we also learned through checking symptoms that my husband has undiagnosed dyslexia.

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your dyslexia journey? To never stop fighting for my son’s educational needs, even when the school says he no longer needs the resources in place. The IEP is your saving grace and no matter what we will always keep it. He will never outgrow his dyslexia, it will always cause issues in his life and while I can’t control the world as he gets older… I can control his educational world right now.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give others? Like I tell my son and the students I teach, your dyslexia is a gift. Some of the most intelligent people were dyslexic and they used their gift in amazing ways for society.

What are some of your favorite dyslexia resources? Wilson Reading System, “Fish in a Tree,” Dragon Dictation