Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Board Member: Renee Veltri

City/Town: Waxhaw, NC

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 DDNC Board because I realize that the lack of support our children receive from the public schools is no fault of the teachers or school administration themselves but a lack of support/funding from State (and Federal) Administration. Often, we battle the school’s for aid; however, they do not have the resources or budget to provide the necessary support. These children need and deserve more. Ultimately, I want to raise awareness, improve teacher education on the subject matter, and push for improved support services for our children in the public school setting.

Who inspired you to learn more about dyslexia? Our 10-year old dyslexic son inspired me to learn more about dyslexia. He was difficult to diagnosis because he compensated well for it; however, he suffered through school, quickly fell behind, and became immensely frustrated. The most heart-breaking part, as a parent, was watching his self-confidence dwindle.

What is the best piece of advice you have received on your dyslexia journey? Learning fatigue is a real thing for people with dyslexia. Mastery is more critical than quantity. If they can do five problems correctly, there is no need for them to do more. Their dyslexic brain truly is working harder than most. Allow them breaks when needed. Do not stress the homework.

What is one piece of advice you would like to give others? I often reflect on the quote from Albert Einstein (a fellow dyslexic), “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” We know the dyslexic mind works differently, find what makes your child tick and run with it. Empower them in any way that you can. And lastly, trust your parental instincts and do not be afraid to speak up. You are your child’s best advocate. 

What are some of your favorite dyslexia resources?

  • Local Facebook groups are a great way to find tutors/resources in your area
  • Book: “Overcoming Dyslexia” by Sally Shaywitz
  • Book: “Mindset” by Carol Dweck
  • Film: “Our Dyslexic Children