Dyslexia Advocates Convene on Mall to Celebrate Dyslexia Progress Nationwide
Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, July 11, from 3pm-5pm, dyslexia advocates from across the USA will convene at the United States Capitol in DC for the inaugural #sayDyslexia Awareness Rally. The Rally kicks off 3 days of dyslexia events and celebrations that include a Dyslexia Youth Advocacy Camp, a book signing by Ameer Baraka, a Senate Luncheon on Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline, a Dyslexia Congressional Reception and a symposium in the House of Representatives that focuses on "What You Need to Know About Dyslexia." DOWNLOADABLE ITINERARY -- see below for registration links.
The #sayDyslexia Week of Advocacy furthers local and national progress spurred by the national Decoding Dyslexia grassroots organization present in all 50 states. Decoding Dyslexia members include parents, teachers, advocates and organizations whose combined efforts have led to legislative, regulatory and policy progress.
In addition to local advocacy victories resulting in more than 30+ state laws, the #sayDyslexiaRally and subsequent events will continue to bring awareness and celebrate the momentum in Congress. This momentum will help dyslexia advocates continue efforts to bring equity and fairness to students with dyslexia who attend public schools.
Congressional action on dyslexia includes:
- Bi-Partisan House and Senate Dyslexia Caucuses with over 100 Members
- A Letter of Support for US Education Department’s Dyslexia Guidance: Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Members
- Two new federal laws on dyslexia:
- ESSA: Comprehensive Literacy Centers for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia , House & Senate Education Committees, Sen. Cassidy. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Literacy Centers focuses on identifying, developing and delivering information to educators and parents to better meet the needs of students who may struggle with reading, writing, language processing, comprehension or executive functioning due to a disability like dyslexia; and,
- HR 3033: The Read Act: Research Grants for Dyslexia, the READ Act which provides funding to the National Science Foundation for research on dyslexia and includes early identification of children and students with dyslexia, professional development for teachers and administrators of students with dyslexia, curricula and educational tools needed for children with dyslexia, and implementation and scaling of successful models of dyslexia intervention.
- Senate Resolution 275: Dyslexia Awareness: Sens. Mikulski (D-MD) and Cassidy (R-LA)
- Congressional Dyslexia Hearings: House: The Science of Dyslexia; House: Dyslexia and the Need to Read ~ Senate: Understanding Dyslexia
- Congressional Dyslexia Caucus From Disability to Possibility: Efforts to Raise Awareness and Facilitate Wholesale Change in Education
Who Will Attend: Students, Teachers, Advocates, Dyslexia Specialists, anyone touched by Dyslexia
When: Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13
ITINERARY July 11 - 13, Washington, D.C.
MONDAY, JULY 11TH
3:00PM to 5:00PM: #sayDyslexiaRally -- REGISTER HERE
Where: United States Capitol - East Capitol Street Northeast Corner of Third Street and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.Facebook Event Page
2.Eventbrite Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/saydyslexia-rally-2016-tickets-25860629840
4.Order a Tee-Shirt: http://www.cafepress.com/saydyslexiarally
6:00-8:30PM: "Being You" Join Understood and fellow Dyslexia Hill Day attendees for a movie night screening Being You, a brand new film from career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation featuring three young adults with learning and attention issues. REGISTER HERE
Landmark Theatres E Street Cinema - 555 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
TUESDAY, JULY 12TH
9:00-11:30 Decoding Dyslexia National Conference REGISTER HERE
Open to Decoding Dyslexia members only
Location: SD 106 Senate Dirksen Office Building
100 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C
8:30-10:45 YOUTH ADVOCACY CAMP
Location: SVC 212-10 (Capitol Visitor Center, CVC), Sponsor: Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
Goal: getting youth ready to speak to congressional reps and staff and deliver a short powerful message.
Contact: Jaclynddmd@gmail.com for registration information
11:00-11:30AM: Ameer Baraka Book Signing
SD106 Senate Dirksen Office Building
100 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
Meet Actor/Model/Author and Dyslexia Advocate Outside of Hearing Room Directly Prior to Senate Lunch. Incarcerated at age 14 Ameer Baraka is now an Actor-Writer who mentors troubled youth and raises awareness for Dyslexia. He uses his memoir The Life I Chose The Streets Lied To Me to encourage incarcerated youth as well as adults to avoid the perils and pitfall of life. (pre order books now, no direct sales at event)
11:30AM–1:00PM -- Decoding Dyslexia hosts: BREAKING THE PRISON PIPELINE, SENATE LUNCHEON
Location: SD 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Sponsor: Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA
100 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C
- 11:30-11:40 - Opening youth remarks
- 11:40-11:55 - Welcome remarks by Members of Congress
- 11:55-12:10 - Prison and Dyslexia - Video from NBC - Talk by Ameer Baraka - formerly incarcerated youth/Dyslexic
- 12:10-12:25 - Dyslexia and Current State/Federal Policy: Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley
- 12:25-12:40 - New Validation Study on Accurate Screening in Pre K, Ola Ozernov-Palchik: Gaab Lab
- 12:40-12:45 - A Dyslexia Approach Working in a Low SES School District - Dr. Ruthenia Jackson, Principal, PK-6 Carson School, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
- 12:45-1:00 - Closing Remarks - Clarice Jackson - Decoding Dyslexia Nebraska & Voice Advocacy Center Founder
REGISTER HERE B339 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., Sponsor: Congressman Schweikert, R-AZ
Thank you to our sponsors: Major Sponsor: Decoding Dyslexia Georgia; Additional support provided by: Decoding Dyslexia California, The Dyslexia Training Institute and Learning Ally
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH
8:30AM–10:00AM -- Congressional Breakfast, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - REGISTER HERE
Room 203-02, Capitol Visitors Center (Registration is required to enter the Visitor Center)
- Plan to arrive by 8:00am to pass through security
- Prior registration is mandatory by July 11th
- Walk from Capitol to RHOB -- approx. 30 minutes to make the transition
10:30AM–6:00PM -- WHAT WORKS, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - DECODING DYSLEXIA OPEN HOUSE
2318 Rayburn House Office Building (RHOB), House Science Space and Technology Committee Room, Sponsor: Congressman Lamar Smith, R-TX
10:30 - 11:30AM Youth Voices on Dyslexia -- REGISTER HERE
While not all dyslexic youth rocket to fame or crash and burn, the youth voices panel will address the common factors in both scenarios and what can be done to ensure student success.
- Oliver Schwab, Chief of Staff, Congressman Schweikert, R-AZ
Introductions // Emcee
- Panelist 1 - Joshua Clemens of Indiana
- Panelist 2 - Emery Roberts of Oregon
- Panelist 3 - Learning Ally National Award Winner - Nicole Stark of MD
- Panelist 4 - Ameer Baraka representing Incarcerated Youth Voice
11:45-12:30 When Things Go Wrong - The Importance of Federal Guidance and Policy that Addresses Dyslexia. - Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, The Dyslexia Training Institute of San Diego, Actor Ameer Baraka and Decoding Dyslexia Youth Panelists
12:30-1:00 Open Discussion Session - Share Your Story!
1:00-1:30 Model for Dyslexia in a Low SES Public School District - Dr. Ruthenia Jackson, Principal, Carson School, Cincinnati Public Schools
1:30-2:15 NCLD Policy Talk On Higher Education Followed by Q and A - Kim Hymes, Associate Director of Policy, National Center for Learning Disabilities
3:30PM–4:30PM -- HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WORK WITH YOUR LOCAL MEDIA
Ed Week Reporter - Christina Samuels 2318 Rayburn House Office Building, House Science Space and Technology Committee
6:00-8:00: OPTIONAL: Evening AAPD ADA celebration RSVP HERE Celebrate the passage of the ADA with other disability groups.
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Decoding Dyslexia Talking Points 2016