Our Goals

Decoding Dyslexia – NJ is a grassroots movement driven by NJ families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within our public schools. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia in NJ public schools.

We advocate for:

  • Expanded and improved access to early screening tests for dyslexia
  • Mandatory dyslexia remediation programs, which can be accessed by both general and special education populations
  • Access to appropriate “assistive technologies” in the public school setting for students with dyslexia

Goals we have achieved to date:

  • A universal definition and understanding of “dyslexia” in the state education code (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3)
  • Mandatory teacher training on dyslexia, its warning signs and appropriate intervention strategies (N.J.S. 18A:6-131)
  • Mandatory early screening tests for dyslexia (N.J.S. 18A:40-5.1, et seq.)
  • Spreading awareness and offering families a variety of opportunities to connect, share experiences, and gain insights and resources:
    • A Facebook Page reaching over 8,000 followers
    • Parent/educator workshops and events
    • Community roundtable discussions
    • Parent networking sessions after our monthly business meetings

DD-NJ Advocacy in Action! 

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DD-NJ with Timothy Lynagh, Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director for Rep Christopher Smith (NJ)

 

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DD-NJ with former US Representative Rush Holt (NJ)

 


DD-NJ with Brendan Hennessey, Legislative Assistant for Representative Frank Pallone (NJ)
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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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