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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BONUS INTERVIEW SPECIAL GUEST: Telling Stories Through Pictures

It’s an honor to have award-winning illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, join us today to share his fascinating story of learning to embrace his dyslexia.

Growing up in the 40’s during a time of segregation as a young man of color was challenging enough. Adding to that, he had difficulty reading and spelling when dyslexia was unknown and untreated.

Jerry creatively figured out how to navigate the system and use his artist gifts to not only survive without being "found out" in class but to contribute, express himself, and go on to thrive.

What originally was his "safety net and escape" became his vehicle for visual storytelling that celebrates life and the world around us. He wants his audience to "read into his art and grow from it".

As he reflects on his journey of discovering and owning his dyslexia, he shares much wisdom for parents and children regarding the value of hard work, effort, and perseverance and having a willingness to learn.

He shares, "Out of the struggle, there is possibility."

Jerry’s message will not only inspire our budding artists but also anyone who is struggling with dyslexia and needs encouragement.

Please make sure to check out Jerry’s website: jerrypinkneystudio.com and Instagram page @jerrypinkneystudio. His eye for detail and creative way of capturing moments is a delight to see.

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WELCOME TO DAY 16:
Comprehension ~ a Complicated Subject

What do you think it means to comprehend well? It’s more than just a set of strategies and list of questions to answer.

We are fortunate to have Nancy Hennessy join us today to fully answer that question.

Some of the ideas we'll be exploring include the following:
* Misconceptions about comprehension
* The scientific study of comprehension (including Scarborough’s Reading Rope)
* Comprehension difficulties for the dyslexic student

Parents! Get your pencils and notepads ready! Nancy is bringing you a wealth of valuable information that you don’t want to miss.

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