About Us

Decoding Dyslexia is a grassroots movement created by families, educators, and specialists who are concerned with the limited access to appropriate educational approaches given with Fidelity for struggling readers, other language-based disabilities, and dyslexia in our public schools. Our goals are to raise awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform legislators about best practices to identify, educate and support students struggling with reading in Wisconsin.

We support families of struggling readers, share resources, and strategies which are helpful. Every child must learn to read so they can reach their full potential!

Mission

To obtain Legal recognition of a scientific definition of dyslexia recognized by neuroscience in Wisconsin. National Institute of Health and the International Dyslexia association share the same definition.

To implement early screening of dyslexia. Research shows definitively that dyslexia exists at birth and can be screened for “at risk” signs before reading instruction begins validly and economically at age 5.

To have public schools use evidence-based approaches for general and special education students who show signs of dyslexia. Not all students will need special education if identified early. With science-based approaches when used with fidelity; CAN help all students learn to read before third grade where the focus is to “close the gap” before it begins.

To have Teachers train and learn about dyslexia, understand what the early warning signs are, accommodations, and appropriate approaches which can assist children with dyslexia.

Understanding  of what an assistive technology toolbox is for students struggling to read and the benefits !

To make community connections, understand challenges associated with dyslexia, and celebrate each success story!

Decoding Dyslexia has chapters in 50 states joining parent groups across the country, sharing, learning, and creating powerful changes nationally and locally!  Welcome to new families, partners, and groups supporting ALL students. Please share your story and #saydyslexia!

Dr. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana House Representative and Co-Chair of the Dyslexia Caucus, shares his personal story as a parent of a dyslexic child for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Hearing “The Science of Dyslexia.” September 18, 2014.

History:

A HUGE Thank you, Founding Members of Decoding Dyslexia Wisconsin Vicki Kamps and Holly Kaminski.  DD- WI joined other states on February 13, 2013 to work towards a goal of helping ALL children who struggle to learn to read. Thank you for your work on  Governor Walker’s Read to Lead Task Force!

In 2015 Lisa Johnson Martin and Michelle Christine followed shortly thereafter concerned that other states were making progress and Wisconsin was not moving forward. There are too many folks to name who work tirelessly year-round in this effort to Educate and Advocate

The same approaches used for people with dyslexia teach/provide real active strategies to apply during the process of reading. There is still a great need in the state of Wisconsin to improve reading scores across the board, 53.3% of kids with disabilities are reading below basic.    http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/education/2017/09/27/fewer-than-half-all-wisconsin-students-scored-proficient-above-state-forward-exam/707019001/   ( Sept 29th 2017)   Decoding Dyslexia is a leaderless, decentralized organization that relies upon the combined efforts of many all over the great State of Wisconsin!

 

 

Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress, working together is success”

Henry Ford      Inventor, Engineer, Industrialist, Businessman and dyslexic

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