Dear Community Partner,
Thank you for your participation in Dyslexia Advocacy day on Tuesday, March 1. Below you will find information on set up, room information, loading, parking, etc. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you next week.
Dyslexia Advocacy Day is targeted to families, educators and friends affected by dyslexia. Plans include a meet and greet, a one-hour legislative briefing on dyslexia and why it should matter to state legislators, along with information and handouts on how to speak with legislators. Attendees will, in advance, schedule meetings with their district State Delegates and Senators to talk about dyslexia using DD-MD talking points and will use the meeting room as a hub throughout the day.
If you choose, your organization can sponsor an in-kind donation of food, beverages, media help, publicity, and/or photocopying & printing. In return for your in-kind donation/sponsorship, DD-MD will proudly display your organization's logos on event materials and legislator handouts. There is no charge to participate. If you would like to provide an in-kind donation, you can click this link to REGISTER and/or contact Laura Schultz at 703-477-4847. All Partners, whether you sponsor an in-kind donation or participate as an exhibitor, should register.
Location & Contact Information
Where: Room 145, Lowe House Office Building, Baltimore City Delegation Room
When: Wednesday, March 18, from 9:00am-1:00pm (set up 7:30-9:00am)
Contact: Laura Schultz, Decoding Dyslexia MD, 703-477-4847
7:30-8:30 -- Room will be open for set-up
9:00-9:30 -- Meet & Greet
9:30-10:30 -- Short Program on DD-MD, How to Meet with Your Legislator, The Components of an Evidence-based Dyslexia Intervention Program & Teacher Education Program on Dyslexia and Q&A
10:30-1:00pm: Room is used as home base; families will be in and out
Bagels, fruit, coffee and water will be available for all attendees.
Public Buildings Map and Parking Options -- If you park at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium to take the shuttle, the cost is $4 round trip and $5 to access the parking lot at the stadium. The shuttle requires exact change in cash. Leave at least 20-30 minutes to park, catch the trolley and ride to your destination. Also leave 10-15 minutes to get through security and be sure to have your photo ID ready.
There is also a free parking garage located at 19 St. Johns St., Annapolis, MD 21401 the block directly behind the Lowe House Office Building--from Rowe Boulevard, headed toward the Circle, make a left on Calvert Street, a left on St. Johns and the garage is half way down on the left. It is a block and a half from the Lowe House Office Building -- if you have a lot of items to bring inside, you may need to park, unload and then go to the garage. The link above has a directions link.
Room Layout: Room 145 includes a square of desks -- see photos below. The desks can be used for literature, standing boards and other booth displays. It's not ideal, but it works for those who don't want to carry too many things through security or if you're working alone.
Tables: Many partners would like to bring a table. There will be 3, 6' tables available for anyone who cannot bring a table and would like one. The desks (see photos) are also available for your use. All Community Partners will set up in the "desk square". Parents, students and other attendees will use the seating.
The room is available from 7:30am-1pm for our use. There is a short program in the morning and thereafter attendees will use the room as a home base in between legislator meetings. We encourage you to make appointments with your legislators as well.
Why Dyslexia Advocacy Day?
Maryland Dyslexia Advocacy Day is an opportunity for families across Maryland to come together and speak with one voice. Our collective message is very powerful. Please join Decoding Dyslexia MD as a Community Partner for this event. DD-MD’s short-term goal for Dyslexia Advocacy Day is to lay the foundation for legislative support of our long-term legislative goals for 2016 (see below). Legislative change to support students with dyslexia will come earlier and with fewer unintended consequences if parents, students and professionals educate legislators about dyslexia: what it is and how profoundly it affects families and students in the public system and why legislators should care.
DD-MD’s long-term advocacy goals include legislative approaches for early screening and interventions for dyslexia; in-service dyslexia education for teachers; higher education dyslexia curriculum for pre-service teachers; and appropriate accommodations for all students who struggle to read.
Pending Legislation on Dyslexia and Reading
There are 3 bills pending in the legislature: House Bill 278 and Senate Bill 15 to establish a Task Force to Study Dyslexia Education Programs in Maryland public schools and HB 763 by Del. Cullison (D-Montgomery) would establish a Task Force to study Effectiveness of Teacher Education Programs in the Instruction of Reading. DD-MD supports these bills and would like to ensure that members of the dyslexia community and educators with knowledge and practice in the foundations of reading, be included on the Task Forces.
About Decoding Dyslexia Maryland
Decoding Dyslexia MD is an all volunteer, parent network. We do not charge dues or raise money and we work collaboratively on behalf of all students and families with language learning differences like dyslexia, in Maryland. Decoding Dyslexia MD is part of a national, grassroots movement in 50 states that advocates for students with dyslexia and reading struggles.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you in Annapolis on behalf of students with dyslexia. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Decoding Dyslexia MD