Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Board Member: Elizabeth Soja

City/Town:  Charlotte, NC

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

Why did you decide to join the DDNC Board? The road to getting a dyslexia diagnosis and IEP for my sweet, brilliant 8-year-old son was lonely, stressful and bewildering. Even as a lawyer, I found the laws and public school exceptional children system to be unnecessarily confusing. I joined DDNC with the hope I can better advocate for all dyslexic children and their parents.

Who inspired you to learn more about dyslexia? My son.

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your dyslexia journey? Trust your gut, and question anyone who dismisses your concerns about your child or your student. Many of even the most seasoned, caring educators have never been taught about dyslexia, its signs or its remedies.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give others? Learn as much as you can about the law and your child’s rights. Say the word dyslexia openly and with pride. Even though it is legally classified as a disability, dyslexia is instead really just a difference, and it’s a positive one. My son sees the world in such innovative and creative ways!

What are some of your favorite dyslexia resources? Other parents, combined with books like “Overcoming Dyslexia,” have been my greatest resource so far. I also encourage every parent to read the IDEA and the North Carolina regulations at least once.