Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina and the North Carolina branch of the International Dyslexia Association have started a GoFundMe campaign to honor our friend and fellow Dyslexia Warrior, Jennifer McBee who passed away on Sunday.
You can also donate with Cash App $DDNC13 or Venmo @DDNC13, Please note “Jennifer” if you decide to use one of these apps.
Jennifer McBee joined the leadership of Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina in 2016. She has been a key part of our movement, and to say she will be greatly missed is an understatement. We would not be where we are as individuals or as a group without her encouragement, knowledge, and drive to create positive change for children with dyslexia. Jennifer was a true dyslexia warrior, and she worked to build bridges in her community. We were always amazed at her knowledge, organizational abilities, and research skills. She advocated from the heart and touched so many lives. She gave her time and talent. Her love for her children grew into a love for finding change. She fought passionately for all children.
A light that burns twice as bright burns half as long and that is what Jennifer was, A BRIGHT LIGHT.
During her time with us, she spoke to countless people about what dyslexia is and how they can help their children and others. Jennifer started and administered the closed Facebook group Dyslexia Parent Teacher Support Charlotte NC Area, which quickly expanded outside Gastonia and Charlotte to help others in North Carolina. She traveled to Raleigh to meet with the state superintendent and congressional aides to encourage them to take a serious look at what they could do for dyslexic children in school. This month is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Jennifer went above and beyond this year, spreading awareness with her online posts, library display, and speeches. She attended the Wrightslaw Special Education Conference and the Day of Dyslexia sponsored by the NC branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She also attended the Charlotte, Lowell, and Gastonia city council meetings, where she helped accept their Dyslexia Awareness Month proclamations.
This is the speech that she proudly made to the city of Gastonia with her son Joe by her side. Speech starts around 14:30 https://bit.ly/2o4Cg3Q
Jennifer believed that advocating at the local level would have the strongest impact on creating positive change for children with dyslexia, so she joined the Gaston County Schools Advisory Board for Children with Disabilities. She inspired many parents and teachers with her passion and knowledge in her community of Lowell and Gaston County.
We would like to send our love and sympathy to the McBee family.
Jennifer’s inspiration will always be a part of us here at Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina, and we hope that we can build upon what she has helped create.