Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Board Member: Marla Wilson

City/Town: Hendersonville, NC

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

Why did you decide to join the DDNC Board? I decided to join the DDNC Board because I am passionate about increasing dyslexia awareness, empowering families to support their children, and advocating for better resources in our public school system for children with dyslexia. 

Who inspired you to learn more about dyslexia? Our 8-year old dyslexic daughter is my daily inspiration. Through our dyslexia journey with her, I have learned much about myself and family members. As a result, I have gained much more compassion, understanding, patience and respect for the dyslexic mind. Before we received her official diagnosis, our daughter was in tears regularly and calling herself dumb. There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing the sparkle in your child fade. We are very fortunate that she is now getting the support she needs at a private school for dyslexia. And while we are grateful for this every day, I strongly believe that all children ought to have access to free and appropriate public education that identifies and supports children with dyslexia who learn differently. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your dyslexia journey? To better understand the advantages and strengths of a dyslexic mind and to help your child discover and nurture their dyslexic “superpowers.” 

What is one piece of advice you would like to give others? Knowledge is power. Be patient with yourself, but learn all you can about dyslexia and never give up on advocating for your child.

What are some of your favorite dyslexia resources?  

  • Book – “The Dyslexic Advantage” by Brock I. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
  • Book – “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan” by Ben Foss
  • Book for children – “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullay Hunt
  • Organization – “Made By Dyslexia” www.madebydyslexia.org