Alerts & Legislation

Would you like your city to proclaim October as Dyslexia Awareness Month?

Last October, 19 cities and towns proclaimed
October as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

Belmont, Bessemer City, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cramerton, Dallas, Durham, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hickory, Jacksonville, Lowell, McAdenville, Mount Holly, Raleigh, Wilmington, Wilson, Winston-Salem

If you would like your city to join in, contact your mayor and ask them to proclaim it this year.
Here is a template letter to help.
Dyslexia Proclamation Template
Be sure to email your city’s proclamation to decodingdyslexianc@gmail.com when you receive it so we can post it.

The Mayor of Jacksonville, Sammy Phillips, has declared
October as Dyslexia Awareness Month for 2017.

Thanks Donna Gargett for this proclamation.

HB 149 has been signed in to law!

HB149We would like to thank everyone who supported this bill with their letter writing, calls, meetings, interviews, speeches, Facebook posts and tweets.  All the letters sent to us in support of dyslexia legislation in North Carolina were shared with the Senate and the House of Representatives.
HB149 will:
1. Define dyslexia in the state education code.
2. Ensure that the State Board of Education provide professional development “on the identification of and intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities.”
4.Require State Board of Education to develop and make available information electronically about dyslexia, educational methodologies, screenings and what is available to support the work with children with dyslexia.
3. Require local boards of education to review the diagnostic tools and screening instruments they have available.
This bill is a positive step in the right direction!


There is much more that can and should be done for children with dyslexia in North Carolina! 
 

 

Can’t Make it to Dyslexia Hill Days 2017?

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Attending in person is not the only way to join us in D.C. this year!
You can participate from home or for the die hard advocates from your vacation spot. Follow the #SayDyslexia hashtag! We will be Tweeting Live from the events.

Full Details
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HB 149 ‘Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia”

House Bill 149 passed through the House with a 114-0 vote.
It is now in the Committee On Rules and Operations in the Senate.



If signed into law it would:
  1. Define dyslexia
  2. Ensure that professional development on dyslexia, dyscalculia, & other specific learning disabilities is made available by the State Board of Education
  3. Require State Board of Education to develop information electronically about dyslexia, educational methodologies, screening and what is available to support children with dyslexia in North Carolina
  4. Require boards of education to review diagnostic tools and screening instruments used for dyslexia
    Full Bill

This bill is a great starting place for promoting awareness about dyslexia and dyscalculia in North Carolina schools. We would like to encourage the Senate to take this bill and strengthen it by requiring that all Kindergartners be screened for dyslexia.  One of the reasons we are advocating that early screening be required, is so schools can address the needs of dyslexic children with proper intervention strategies before they start needlessly failing.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Children identified as reading disabled after 2nd grade rarely catch up to their peers.”

Suggested Screening Amendment for HB 149:
  • School Board of Education shall develop and distribute to all school districts guidelines and training for the screening of all students, for the identification of characteristics that are associated with risk factors for dyslexia, as defined.
  • Before the end of Kindergarten, such screening shall be implemented using evidence-based testing methodologies and shall include, but not be limited to tests to identify:
    (A) Phonological and phonemic awareness (PA);
    (B) Rapid automated naming skills (RAN);
    (C) Letter sound knowledge (LSK);
    (D) Encoding skills;
    (E) Oral Comprehension;
    (F) Word Identification; and
    (G) Family history of reading/spelling difficulties or dyslexia (parents, grandparents, sibling)
  • Students identified as having characteristics associated with risk factors for dyslexia pursuant to this section shall be referred for evaluation for special education services.
  • The parent or legal guardian of any student who is identified by the public school as having characteristics associated with risk factors for dyslexia and related disorders shall be notified and provided with all screening information and findings, in addition to periodic formal screening results based on individual written intervention and support plans developed with the student’s parents or legal guardian.
  • The student’s school district shall provide evidence-based intervention and support services for any student who is identified as having characteristics that are associated with risk factors for dyslexia and related disorders.

Please contact your Senator and ask that they report HB 149 out of the Committee On Rules and Operations and that they consider strengthening this bill with required screening. We need all of your help and support to bring about positive changes for students with dyslexia!
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Dyslexia Hill Days-Washington D.C.

Decoding Dyslexia is heading to Washington, D.C. at the end of June.  If you are interested in attending any of the open events be sure to check out the schedule. Schedule of Events
RSVP is required for individual events.
For more information and details about Dyslexia Hill Days, please visit www.dyslexiahillday.org
If you value the advocacy work Decoding Dyslexia is doing, please consider donating to support the efforts of Dyslexia Hill Days. Donate


Be sure to check out the #SayDyslexia Rally!
Tuesday June 27, 9-11am
Everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend the rally.  The list of speakers is growing so be sure to check back closer to rally time for more information.
Registration and Full Details
Don’t forget your red umbrella!

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North Carolina PTA Dyslexia Resolution

The North Carolina PTA has announced that their board of directors has adopted a resolution on dyslexia.  We would like to thank the PTA and it’s board of directors for supporting our advocacy efforts by helping highlight dyslexia and the support that students with dyslexia need in school to succeed. Read more