About DD-NJ

Our group is comprised of parents of children who are dyslexic. We are not experts, nor are we a formal business or a traditional educational organization. We are truly grassroots! We offer other stakeholders the benefit of our collective experiences. We encourage parents and children to meet with their local, state, and national policy-makers to share their stories, report on unmet needs, and make suggestions for improved policy and/or legislative initiatives for identifying and supporting dyslexic children in our public schools.

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October 2020 will mark our 9th Anniversary!

Our beginnings… In October 2011, 8 parents took a train ride to New York City to attend a National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) luncheon. On that trip, we shared our stories, our struggles, our heart breaks, and our frustrations and anger about trying to help our dyslexic children and getting nowhere within our public schools. No one was from the same NJ town, but we all had similar stories, similar journeys. We were virtually strangers to each other. By the end of the day, we declared that someone should do something to fix the system and to help other parents like us. We decided that collectively, maybe we could be that “someone”.

The news article that started it all: Trenton Times 2/27/2012
Princeton Group Says It’s Hard to Get Children’s Dyslexia Treated or Even Recognized

Decoding Dyslexia on the National and International Stage!

Since our inception, parents from across the nation and beyond have been inspired, empowered, and engaged. Today, we are happy to boast that the Decoding Dyslexia movement has expanded to all 50 U.S. states and internationally too!

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Wondering what’s up with early elementary reading instruction, now that it’s happening at your house? So is a psychologist/behavioral researcher/mom of first grader who decided to do her own experiment, and her videos “Is My Kid Learning How to Read?” have gone viral. If you wonder what all the fuss is over balanced literacy (rooted in making meaning and various “strategies’’ for guessing at words) vs. teaching decoding skills (sounding out words based on understanding the relationship between letters and sounds), these videos are a must watch!

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"Dyslexia tips that work” -- Virtual Presentation
Tuesday, Oct 27th
5:30pm-6:30pm

Join Decoding Dyslexia-NJ as we work with learning disabilities specialist, Genny Schwarzberg, who will share some great information and tips to better understand dyslexia and how you can help your child. Parents (and educators) will learn prevention is possible and remediation can be fun. Focus will be on unlocking best literacy practices for you to implement at home to help keep your child on track.

The live presentation will be followed by a live Q&A with Ms Schwarzberg and Liz Barnes of Decoding Dyslexia-NJ.

Genny Schwarzberg is owner of Genny of all Trades, LLC which is a combination of 11 years of professional experiences as a certified special education teacher, learning disabilities teacher-consultant (LDT-C), case manager, educational evaluator, Orton-Gillingham tutor, and Executive Function coach.

This event is hosted by the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Registration: Open link, then click “sign up”. theoceancountylibrary.org/events?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D148221845
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So often our kids have amazing verbal vocabularies, but they just can’t get those fabulous words on paper! ... See MoreSee Less

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In 24 hours -- 8:00 ET 10/15 -- Meet Sonja Banks, CEO of the International Dyslexia Association. Sonja will share her story, tips for parents and educators and how she is leading IDA. Tune in via FB live at Jake Sussman ... See MoreSee Less

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