Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina

Alerts & Legislation

Monthly Virtual Parent Support Group

If you are looking for support or have support to give please join us!
This will be an informal opportunity to connect, learn and support each other on this journey. Let’s get together and share the joys and challenges of raising a child with dyslexia!
Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month from 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Please send us an email ro decodingdyslexianc at gmail.com for the meeting link.

Virtual Parent Support Group Meeting

We are excited to announce our first  Virtual Parent Support Group Meeting for North Carolina parents with children with dyslexia.
If you are looking for support or have support to give please join us!
This will be an informal opportunity to connect, learn and support each other on this journey. Let’s get together and share the joys and challenges of raising a child with dyslexia!
Date: January 27, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Please send us an email decodingdyslexianc at gmail.com for the meeting link.

 

End of Year Giving Campaign

In this season of giving, your support for Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina (DDNC) will make a powerful difference for children, parents and teachers who need the meaningful assistance that we can provide.

Celebrating our new 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit status, DDNC is a grassroots movement driven by North Carolina families, educators and professionals concerned with limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia in North Carolina public schools.

Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. It is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. Dyslexia is also very common, affecting 20 percent of the population and representing 80-90 percent of all those with learning disabilities.
(Sally Shaywitz, Overcoming Dyslexia)

Your support makes it possible for DDNC to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policymakers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia.

Our goal is to raise $5000 by December 31, 2020.

Your gift will fund:

  • Reading and tutoring resources for children, parents and teachers
  • 501(c)(3) startup costs, such as strategic planning to reach more people
  • Speakers for educational webinars and special events
  • Legislation proposals, including mandatory teacher training, early screening tests for children and assistive technologies for public schools

During the pandemic, we are making sure students, teachers and parents have resources for remote learning and that parents understand their rights for IEPs that continue to meet established goals and provide the extra help dyslexic students need. We are also working with state and local legislators on issues needing urgent attention, such as Remote Learning Contingency Plans.

DDNC is a volunteer organization, run by an unpaid Board of Directors.
We’re working hard to provide children, parents and teachers with urgently needed resources, and gifts of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated.

Please make your gift online today at www.decodingdyslexianc.org/donation or mail a check to:

Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina
UNCW Station -CB #20047
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28407

Thank you for your support.
The Board of Directors

Please remember the powerful, strategic ways you’ll be helping children, teachers and parents to triumph over dyslexia’s challenges when you support DDNC and send your gift today.

Donations to Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina may be tax deductible.

 

What are NC universities teaching future teachers?

It is time for NC universities to take a serious look at their

general and special education curriculum!
Are they teaching their students how to teach reading to all their
future students?

When will the Science of Reading become part of the curriculum, so that all children can learn to read? North Carolina will never reach the goals of Read to Achieve without addressing this at the top.

This report by the Belk Foundation is a must read!
Leading on Literacy Report

According to the report:
“Most candidates said that even though they may have taken a special education course, they really did not have practical coursework that gave them a collection of specific strategies for helping students who were having difficulty. All groups of candidates were asked specifically about what they had learned to do to teach a student who was having trouble with reading. In almost all circumstances, candidates could not articulate specific strategies or practices they would use to help such a student. Some candidates attempted to answer the question and said they would refer the student to special education or rely on a digital reading program. However, given the data that shows that many non-special education North Carolina students in the public schools have difficulties learning to read, it is concerning that candidates do not seem to have a clear repertoire of practices to use with those students. Candidates in Special Education seemed to have a better understanding of how to scaffold instruction and how to choose various interventions for struggling readers. However, the general inability of candidates, some of whom were already in student teaching, to talk knowledgeably about interventions for readers having difficulty was a troubling theme across all of the visits.”

Made by Dyslexia: Dyslexia Awareness Training

This training is free!
Be sure to share with your schools and teachers.

Dyslexia Awareness

“1 in 5 children are made by dyslexia. It’s vital that we spot their strengths and support their challenges” – Kate Griggs, Founder of Made By Dyslexia.
In every classroom, in every school, around the world, there are 1 in 5 kids with exactly the thinking skills needed for the future of work. They are Made By Dyslexia.
But less than 20% are spotted at school. This two-part course created by Made By Dyslexia will change that – for good. It will give you easy to use strategies, used in the world’s leading specialist dyslexia schools, to help you spot, support and empower every dyslexic learner.
Now – more than ever – the world needs people who think differently. By taking our training today, you’ll change dyslexic children’s educational outcomes tomorrow. And be part of a powerful movement for change!