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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Welcome to Dyslexia Awareness Month! To kick off this month, we present this year’s New Jersey Joint Legislative Resolution which officially observes October as Dyslexia Awareness Month. DDNJ would also like to make special mention that this awareness resolution bill was first sponsored in 2017 by Asm Ron Dancer, who sadly passed this summer. Asm Dancer had been a huge sponsor and supporter of NJ dyslexia legislation and of DDNJ’s advocacy efforts since we began. He will be greatly missed. ... See MoreSee Less
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Attention Parents: There is a free, in person parent workshop on Thursday, October 6, at 6:30pm in Highland Park, NJ (near New Brunswick, NJ). Experts in the field, Norma Francullo and Susan Miller, talk about how to best advocate for your children! Event is hosted by Raising Hands Tutoring and Tickets can be reserved at www.eventbrite.com/e/advocating-for-your-child-with-dyslexia-in-new-jersey-tickets-395043725417 ... See MoreSee Less
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NJ FAMILIES - Check out this opportunity to provide feedback on a new advocacy resource! A stipend will be provided.Wunder is a free community app for families raising kids with learning differences to get support from each other, experts, and credible resources. You can join groups focused on specific interests, get advice from professional experts, and access a library of both bite-sized and long-form content! The idea is for families to feel supported in a safe, inclusive space committed to helping them thrive. Learn more at www.understood.org/wunderUnderstood values the perspective Decoding Dyslexia brings to the field, and is seeking insight into how well the app can support real families of all types. We are inviting Decoding Dyslexia families to try out the app for 3-weeks and complete a feedback survey (a written response or a conversation is also welcome). Up to 100 Decoding Dyslexia advocates can receive a $50 gift card stipend for your valuable time and feedback. We hope that this provides an opportunity for you to help us shape this resource for other families! If you’d like to participate, please provide your name, email address, and state in this signup form by September 9th: forms.gle/2oo8HsnDCdVKNXc18You’ll receive an invitation to a virtual introduction to Wunder as an orientation (on Monday, September 12th at 7:30 pm ET), and you’ll receive a survey after your 3-week trial (on September 30th). Thanks for considering!Charles Doolittle | Director, Strategic Partnerships ... See MoreSee Less
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