We Are Decoding Dyslexia Maryland: 14 Chapters, Stronger Together
Decoding Dyslexia’s Official Position on Black Literacy Matters (BLM)
Literacy is a human right and dyslexia is often a reason why many children and adults struggle to read and spell. Dyslexia has largely remained misunderstood and under identified in the public-school setting. Legislation, awareness, and advocacy are occurring nationally on this important topic to help increase dyslexia awareness.
Decoding Dyslexia disavows racism, hatred, discrimination, police brutality, systematic, institutional and implicit biases.
Decoding Dyslexia pledges to diligently work to learn, listen and become aware of the effects of racism, biases, disparities in resources and programs and its impacts on Black and brown students who are dyslexic.
We pledge to become conscious and intentional of our messaging, campaigns, imagery, advocacy, support and partnerships to ensure that Black and brown students and families are represented.
We pledge to genuinely support, raise awareness and hold accountable the systems that overlook their needs and advocate on behalf of Black and brown students who not only have to overcome the effects of dyslexia but racism, educator bias, educational and systemic bias, access to services and information.
We stand in accountability of the growth and changes we need to take, and we understand and stand in solidarity that Black lives matter, too.
Call to Action
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Families/Advocates of Dyslexic Children in NJ Edward and Delaney Bray The Brittain Family Mark Brugger The Evoy Family Andrew Kavulich The Lewer/Lynam Family The Marsh Family
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Decoding Dyslexia Maryland is a parent-led, grassroots movement driven by families concerned about reading instruction and interventions for all students, including those with dyslexia, in Maryland Public Schools.
COVID-19 Response & Recovery
Both the State of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Education released plans on May 6 to recover and resume the economy and education. The first draft did not include input from community stakeholders and has since been updated to reflect some of that input. A new version of the plan is linked HERE and is still considered a DRAFT. The team that is working on the DRAFT document meets June 3 and a summary of that meeting will be posted on the DDMD blog page.
Resources to Stay Informed & Take Action
READING & DYSLEXIA HANDBOOK BILL Dies in Senate After Early Adjournment by Legislature
Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Katie Fry Hester introduced HB 718 and SB 575, sponsored by Delegate Eric Luedtke & Katie Fry Hester. We appreciate their investment in pulling the best practices for reading and dyslexia in a handbook that is accessible to all.
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Maryland Legislature adjourned Sine Die in mid-March. the legislation was deferred until late May or perhaps the next session. It's unclear at this time what legislation will be considered when the legislature resumes in late May.
Maryland to Screen & Intervene for Kindergarten Students
Where to Find Help for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dyscalculia
Ready to Read Screen & Intervene Legislation Signing Ceremony
Delegation's Education Subcommittee in February. Pictured above are Diana Gough and Delegation Chair, Delegate Alonzo Washington, D-Prince Georges.
Delegate Eric Luedtke and Senator Craig Zucker, sponsors of the Ready to Read bills, talk about the unanimous House vote for SB 734 on March 27th! #soallcanread
Ameer Baraka supports the Ready to Read Act and asks Governor Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford for their support to screen kids for reading difficulties early! Follow Ameer on Twitter @ameerbaraka
Delegate Luedtke Drops House Bill 690: Ready to Read! 85 cosponsors!!
Decoding Dyslexia Maryland Frederick County's Dynamic Duo delivers testimony to the Kirwan Commission during its last public forum in November 2018. With laughs and honesty delivered with the true spirit of fierce advocates, the girls supported the Ready to Read Act and related how reading screening would have helped them get the help they needed.