Any effort, whether great or small, is very much appreciated to help spread awareness about dyslexia and getting schools to implement evidenced based reading programs. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Like us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter
- Share this website with others!
- Urge your U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representatives to join the Bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
- Share your story with your State Legislators so when a dyslexia bill is introduced they understand the impact. Look up your State Representative and Senator http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx
- Watch You Are Not Alone: How Parents Can Join Forces to Become Advocates for Students with Dyslexia
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your group so we can add it to a local support page.
- Knowing special education law is a must! Peter Wright is a special ed lawyer that also happens to be dyslexic as well as ADHD. Every parent must read Wrightslaw’s From Emotions to Advocacy (see my “cliffnotes” here), sign up for their email newsletters, and refer to his website often – it has everything a parent needs to know!
- Subscribe to the International Dyslexia Association’s e-newsletter – it is FREE
- Join Literate Nation
- Join Everyone Reading Illinois and attend their parent conference! Encourage your districts teachers to attend their educator conference in the Fall.
In Your School District
- Go to school board meetings and tell your story! They don’t know what questions to ask the Superintendent if they’re not familiar with your situation!
- Send school board members, administrators, and teachers information about dyslexia and evidence based reading programs.
- Request teacher development and training in understanding and remediating dyslexia to support the dyslexic children within our educational system.
- Ask local businesses and employers to donate to an educational training fund as they have a vested interest in schools that produce literate future employees.